Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Designed by Danish Henning Larsen Architects, Icelandic Batteríið Architects and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, the building has helped to transform and revitalize Reykjavik harbor and brought the city and harbor district closer together.
Harpa's crystalline structure was inspired by Icelandic landscapes and traditions. Its dramatic design captures and reflects the light of the city, ocean and sky to thrilling effect...
Wiel Arets, Chair of the Jury, said: "Harpa has captured the myth of a nation – Iceland – that has consciously acted in favor of a hybrid - cultural building during the middle of the ongoing Great Recession. The iconic and transparent porous 'quasi brick' appears as an ever-changing play of colored light, promoting a dialogue between the city of Reykjavik and the building's interior life. By giving an identity to a society long known for its sagas, through an interdisciplinary collaboration between Henning Larsen Architects and artist Olafur Eliasson, this project is an important message to the world and to the Icelandic people, fulfilling their long expected dream." to find out more...
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