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Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
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Owner description: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre at the heart of Reykjavik is an award-winning building situated at the old harbour. Harpa opened its doors in 2011 and boasts a wide variety of hosted events where all musical genres play a part. Harpa won the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2013 for architecture. Harpa was designed by Olafur Eliasson, Henning Larssen architects and Batteri architects. Harpa is the residency of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Icelandic Opera and the Reykjavik Big Band. Harpa is a state of the art conference centre. Harpa was awarded the prestigious MICE Report award for best conference centre in Northern Europe. Harpa is also the home of several regular shows: - How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes - Pearls of Icelandic Songs - Icelandic Sagas: The Greatest Hits - Reykjavík Classics - Mulinn Jazz Club - The Tin Drum Series - Bowie: The Session - The Icelandic Emigration Center's Exhibit
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“What do you look at first?”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

Its a pretty awe inspiring building to be honest, and its even weirder on the inside. Admittedly after 20 minutes (which would include a skirt around the gift shop, whatever display is currently on and just looking at the roof) you'll probably run out of things to do unless there for a show. Worth a look though.

Visited November 2013
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“Beautiful building”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

I didn't take an official tour but stopped inside just to look around. It is a beautiful view of the harbor and the building itself is amazing!

Visited November 2013
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“Impressive architectrure”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

Didn't have time to attend a concert or take the guided tour but enjoyed wandering around and checking the views onto the harbour etc. Coloured glass ceilings fantastic.

Visited November 2013
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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“most beautiful modern building in Europe”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Just standing inside this building, looking out to the sea, is amazing. The building looks like ice crystals, or fractals. Fits perfectly in Reykjavik.

Visited August 2013
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“Best piece of public architecture in Reykjavik”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

The building itself is free to enter, but I paid 1500kro. for the guided tour. the guide was very knowledgeable, and was able to answer most questions. the building itself is actually quite impressive, especially considering it was initially the symbol of national hatred during the economic crisis. for the government to take over the job from the failed banks took guts and is utterly amazing. I didn't go to any concerts or events, but had a good look around most parts of the building, including 3 of it's halls. the quality of finish is impressive, and does not look like it has suffered much from a brutal value engineering exercise halfway through construction. fantastic!

The mies van der rohe awards exhibition is running through to Jan 2014, which has images and models in the foyer space, which itself was worth the visit.

Visited November 2013
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