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See What A €164 Million Concert Hall Budget Gets You

See What A €164 Million Concert Hall Budget Gets You

on Dec. 22, 2013 by

Harpa is an incredible building enjoys some of the best acoustics in the world. The project was partially canceled due to the financial crisis of 2008

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The Harpa enjoys some of the best acoustics in the world. Uniquely combing world-class acoustics and distinctive architecture.

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Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre and was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

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The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours.

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The building was originally part of a redevelopment of the Austurhöfn area dubbed World Trade Center Reykjavík, which was partially abandoned when the financial crisis took hold.

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The development was intended to include a 400-room hotel, luxury apartments, retail units, restaurants, a car park and the new headquarters of Icelandic bank Landsbanki.

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The completion of the structure was uncertain until the government decided in 2008 to fully fund the rest of the construction costs for the half-built concert hall.

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The building was given its name on the Day of Icelandic Music on 11 December 2009, prior to which it was called The Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre.

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The building is the first purpose-built concert hall in Reykjavík. It houses the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera. 

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