Harpa (concert hall)

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Harpa
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Harpa Concert Hall
General information
TypeConcert hall & conference centre
LocationReykjavík, Iceland
AddressAusturbakki 2
Town or cityReykjavík
CountryIceland
Coordinates64°9′1″N 21°55′57″W / 64.15028°N 21.93250°W / 64.15028; -21.93250
Current tenantsIceland Symphony Orchestra
The Icelandic Opera
Construction startedJanuary 12, 2007
Completed2011
OpeningMay 13, 2011
Cost€164 million[1]
OwnerPortus
Height43 metres (141 ft)
Technical details
Floor area28,000 square metres (300,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architecture firmHenning Larsen Architects
Batteríið
Other designersÓlafur Elíasson, facade design
Artec Consultants, acoustics design
Main contractorÍAV
Other information
Seating capacity1,600–1,800 (Eldborg, main hall)
450 (Norðurljós)
750 (Silfurberg)
195 (Kaldalón)
Website
Venue website
 
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Harpa
Harpa.JPG
Harpa Concert Hall
General information
TypeConcert hall & conference centre
LocationReykjavík, Iceland
AddressAusturbakki 2
Town or cityReykjavík
CountryIceland
Coordinates64°9′1″N 21°55′57″W / 64.15028°N 21.93250°W / 64.15028; -21.93250
Current tenantsIceland Symphony Orchestra
The Icelandic Opera
Construction startedJanuary 12, 2007
Completed2011
OpeningMay 13, 2011
Cost€164 million[1]
OwnerPortus
Height43 metres (141 ft)
Technical details
Floor area28,000 square metres (300,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architecture firmHenning Larsen Architects
Batteríið
Other designersÓlafur Elíasson, facade design
Artec Consultants, acoustics design
Main contractorÍAV
Other information
Seating capacity1,600–1,800 (Eldborg, main hall)
450 (Norðurljós)
750 (Silfurberg)
195 (Kaldalón)
Website
Venue website

Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. The opening concert was held on May 4, 2011.

Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours. The building was originally part of a redevelopment of the Austurhöfn area dubbed World Trade Center Reykjavík, which was partially abandoned when the financial crisis took hold. The development was intended to include a 400-room hotel, luxury apartments, retail units, restaurants, a car park and the new headquarters of Icelandic bank Landsbanki.

The completion of the structure was uncertain until the government decided in 2008 to fully fund the rest of the construction costs for the half-built concert hall. The building was given its name on the Day of Icelandic Music on 11 December 2009, prior to which it was called The Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre (Icelandic: Tónlistar- og ráðstefnuhúsið í Reykjavík). The building is the first purpose-built concert hall in Reykjavík. It houses the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera.

Harpa is operated by Portus, a company owned by the Icelandic government and the City of Reykjavík.

Harpa gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacKin, Laurence. "Iceland opens stunning new arts centre in the teeth of a recession". Irish Times. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 

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