Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík, Iceland

If we are going to talk about the most beautiful building in Iceland, there is no contest, it would definitely be the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Interestingly, I have found that most buildings in Iceland, including Reykjavík’s tallest building, Hallgrímskirkja, are inspired by the country’s natural landscape and the Harpa Concert Hall is no exception.

I am a fan of huge windows and I instantly fell in love with Harpa’s glass facade. This building was designed by Ólafur Elíasson.

“Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson designed the south facade, and developed the principle for the remaining north/east/west facades and roof in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. Elíasson deploys light, colour and natural phenomena to test how physical movement, sensual engagement, and the interaction of body and brain influence our perception of our surroundings.” –Harpa Concert Hall website

I also love the ocean so the building being so close to the sea complete with a mountain view is just the cherry on top. The building is definitely as beautiful on its interior as its exterior.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre houses the Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera.

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