The designers of the Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre are Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with Icelandic architectural firm BATTERÍIÐ Architects. Henning Larsen Architects has gained a reputation for superb design, including the new Opera House in Copenhagen.
Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson designed the south facade and developed the principle for the remaining north/east/west facades and roof in collaboration with Henning Larsen 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 and Conference Centre is part of an extensive harbour development project in Reykjavik, the East Harbour Project. Situated slightly apart from Reykjavík’s traditional centre, the building is the new icon of the city.