Architecht Steven Hall claims that today’s architectural monuments aren’t meant only to be admired from afar. “It’s not about creating an icon, but shaping public space.“
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects
Even before its official opening, this gemlike venue breathed new life into the Icelandic capital’s once-sleepy harbor, captivating locals and luring visitors with its kaleidoscopic façade of multicolor glass. The crystalline shell, conceived by artist Olafur Eliasson, wonderfully complements the structure’s aggregate of jagged, geometric volumes. At night, exterior LED strips activate, transforming the waterfront landmark into a shimmering beacon of beauty.
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