In early May 2011 the first concert took place at "Harpa", Reykjavík's new concert and conference center, which was designed by Danish architecture studio Henning Larsen and Icelandic studio Batteríid. It is located in the capital's old harbor, in other words on the borderline between land and water. It consists of two large rectangular structures with slanting edges, which are positioned slightly staggered to each other. The concert building is enclosed by a façade of glass and steel. Artist Olafur Eliasson worked with the architects to develop a honeycomb structure whose glass elements respond to changes in the light by changing color. To achieve this effect, Schollglas supplied custom-made Gewe-tec insulating glass and Gewe-safe laminated safety glass, for which so-called dichroic glass was used. Known as color effect glass, the material changes color depending on the sunlight or observation angle and in so doing lends the Harpa a glittering, shimmering exterior.
HARPA Reykjavik. Rendering and drawings by Henning Larsen Architects | Photos © Henning Larsen and Osbjörn Jacobsen