The Hamburg-based data company Emporis has put together a list of what it's calling the world's most spectacular concert halls. Harpa Concert hall is on the list, making Harpa one of the 15 most beautiful concert halls in the world according to Emporis. This was reported by CNN earlier today.
"These days concert halls also have remarkable architecture, offering audiences a great show even before they have taken their seats," the report said.
"More and more concert halls are being built that stand out by virtue of their eye-catching shapes, colors and materials."
The list can be seen here below:
Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. The opening concert was held on May 4, 2011. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours. 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. 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.
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. 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. The building is the first purpose-built concert hall in Reykjavík. It houses the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera.