Reykjavik, Iceland that located in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, was designed by Henning Larsen Architects. Arguably the most noteworthy feature of the building is its kaleidoscopic facade, designed by HLA and Olafur Eliasson whose newly opened ‘Your Rainbow Panorama’ installation rests atop schmidt hammer lassen’s ARoS Museum in Aarhus. The glittering facade has been inspired by the magnificent natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights and changes constantly as the sun catches its acutely angled edges.
Design Manager at HLA, Ósbjørn Jacobsen explains: “The central element in the facade is the three-dimensional quasi brick structure on the south side of the Concert Hall. The basic form of the twelve-sided element was originally developed by Olafur Eliasson and his collaboration partner Einar Thorsteinn. Based on this basic structure, we together developed the quasi brick (a twelve-sided space-filler of glass and steel) for Harpa’s facade.