Mies van der Rohe Award for Harpa

April 2013

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 near the harbor in Reykjavik, only 2 months before curtain. Image ©Veerle Devos
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.
Parts. Image ©Veerle Devos
Important message for the Chinese workers. Image ©Veerle Devos
Working against the clock. Image ©Veerle Devos
There was some controversy among the Icelanders about the creation of this expensive building. Image ©Veerle Devos
Interior of the concert hall. Image ©Veerle Devos
Site visit. Image ©Veerle Devos
View on the harbor and the stunning Icelandic landscape. Image ©Veerle Devos
Beehive. Image ©Veerle Devos
Lost in traffic. Image ©Veerle Devos
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