Iceland’s Crystalline Concert Hall
Architecture & Interiors
When a building is given a prize that has Mies van der Rhoe’s name attached to it, it’s safe to assume it’s a fairly spectacular structure. And the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, completed in 2011 and awarded the Mies van der Rhoe Award for European contemporary architecture earlier this year, doesn’t disappoint on that front. A collaboration between two architctural firms—Denmark’s Henning Larsen Architects and Iceland’s Batteríið Architects—and Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, this dazzling glass building is defined by a facade comprised of 12-sided steel modules fitted with clear and color-coated glass.The faceted, highly reflective pattern transforms the building into a glittering jewel—not an accident for an architectural exterior inspired by the structure of basalt crystals.