Olafur Eliasson Studio and Henning Larsen Architecs win the Mies van der Rohe Award.
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in
Reykjavik, Iceland, by Henning Larsen Architects and the Studio of the artist Olafur
Eliasson has won this year's European Union Prize for Contemporary
Architecture, the Mies van der Rohe Award. Opened to the public on
4 May 2011, the Harpa Concert Hall is clad in panes of clear and
colour-coated glass on a faceted steel framework, scattering
glittering reflections of the surrounding harbour and sky. The
Mies van der Rohe Award is the most prestigious accolade in European
architecture and is awarded to the best building completed in the
last two years by a European architect.
Harpa was opened in 2011 on Reykjavik's harbour and has come to
dominate the city. Intended to unite the harbour area with
Reykjavik's city centre, Harpa is a concrete structure with a
facade designed by the Danish-Icelandic Eliasson, which features
faceted panes of clear and coloured glass that send reflections
over the waterfront.