Artist Olafur Eliasson describes the glass facade on Harpa, Reykjavik’s new conference and concert hall. Architect Osbjørn Jacobsen from Henning Larsen architects and Christopher S. Darland from Artec Consultants explain their part in the design. For more information on the project, go to www.harpa.is
Reminiscent of the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the hexagonal glass creates kaleidoscopic reflections of the city. The multi-faceted glass façade is based on a geometric principle which is realised in two and three dimensions. Designing and constructing the building have been a complicated process because while the facades are derived from the same concept, depending upon orientation, their geometries vary. This leads to difficult connections where ultimately each corner is a unique joint.