The dramatic glass-covered Harpa Concert Hall beckoned me from across the harbor to come and take a look. Ultramodern buildings are sometimes out of place in natural places, but not this one. The geometric facade mirrors both Iceland’s sea and sky. The exterior pattern is actually derived from the island’s pillow basalt, but the building also reminds me of the ice diamonds on Diamond Beach at Jökulsárlón Lagoon. As I walked closer, the building continually shape-shifted.
The interior of the building did not disappoint as there were more geometric patterns inside the multi-story lobby. I did not go in the actual concert hall, but images show the hall to be just as dramatic. It’s no surprise the building won the European Union’s Mies van der Rohe award for contemporary architecture in 2013.
A visit to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without checking out the Harpa Concert Hall. Like most natural attractions in Iceland, admission is free.
Harpa Concert Hall Photos
The Harpa Concert Hall has a dramatic perch at Reykjavik Harbor.
Check out the many shapes of glass.
The interior is just as dramatic as the exterior.
Reykjavic Harbor as seen through the glass patterns of the Harpa Concert Hall.