The new Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre Harpa, wins the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The building is designed by Henning Larsen Architects, Batteríið Architects and Studio Olafur Eliasson in collaboration. The building has helped to transform and revitalise Reykjavik harbour and brought the city and harbour district closer together.
Harpa’s iconic and transparent porous quasi brick appears as an ever-changing play of coloured light, promoting a dialogue between the city and the building’s interior life. By giving an identity to a society long known for its sagas, through an interdisciplinary collaboration between Henning Larsen Architects and artist Olafur Eliasson, this project is an important message to the world and to the Icelandic people, fulfilling their long expected dream, says Wiel Arets, Chair of the Jury.