Mies van der Rohe Award for Harpa
The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, won the Mies van der Rohe Award, the most prestigious accolade in European architecture, awarded to the best building completed in the last two years by a European architect.. The winners were chosen from 335 submitted works in 37 European countries.
Congrats to Henning Larsen Architects (Denmark) and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
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.
DAMnº visited the building just before its opening to the public, on 4 May 2011. Some impressions.