Two years ago I visited Iceland, including its capital, Reykjavík. Now if anyone were to go see that city, one building that would immediately stand out is the Harpa – a concert hall completed in 2011. I honestly can’t remember much of what I was told about it, except that it was horrendously expensive and led to higher taxes and there are Icelanders who are very unhappy with it.
That said, the Harpa is an interesting-looking building, full of sharp and angular shapes.
It looks even more interesting on the inside than on the outside. Everything is asymmetric and the walls are matt black and concrete, not what you might associate with a concert and conference venue.
The ceiling is covered with reflective mirror-like panels, which I suppose go some way in reflecting the light that comes in through the sides of the building and making things a little brighter…
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