Concert hall and conference center "Harp"
Concert hall and conference center "Harp", located in the harbor of Reykjavik, on the border of land and water, is not only the best platform for all kinds of cultural events, but also an outstanding masterpiece of modern architecture. The building was designed by the famous architect and artist Olafur Eliasson, known in Scandinavia as a master of large-scale installations. Concert Hall opened its doors in May 2011 and today is the most visited building in Reykjavik. "Harp" recalls his appearance a huge crystal of irregular shape. Glass walls of the building are decorated in the form of cells, with integrated LEDs that reflect and refract light and create an external beauty amazing play of colors and light. Particularly impressive it looks in the dark. Inside the "Harp" is even more unusual and strange than the outside : transparent walls, windows, curved stairs, ragged floors, glass railings. The building has four concert halls, the largest of which is called Eldborg - an extinct crater. It is decorated in black and red colors, colors that symbolize the volcanic eruption - one of the main elements of the Icelandic nature. In this room, the international congresses, concerts of symphonic music, are the famous bands and musicians from around the world. Three other rooms, the smaller are the names of other natural disasters in Iceland: Northern Lights, Cold Lagoon and calcite crystals. Each of these rooms is decorated in colors corresponding to its name. Besides concert halls, the building has also rooms equipped for meetings, seminars and conferences. Also in "Kharp" located souvenir shops, several designer boutiques, book shops, and floral, a great cafe and a wonderful restaurant with a panoramic view of the Old Port and the historic center of Reykjavik. In 2013, the Concert Hall and Conference Centre "Harp" was awarded by Mies van der Rohe - the most prestigious award in modern European architecture.