Feature Friday: Harpa Concert and Conference Center, Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland's new National Concert and Conference Hall is quite an impressive building. The new cultural hub, Harpa was designed by Denmark-based Henning Larsen Architects and local firm,  Batteríið Architects. The two teams have come together to create an award winning design the sparkles and shines in the country's capital city.

My favorite feature about the building is the way the glass facade glitters with the rise and fall of the sun. The glittering effect is seamlessly integrated with the sparkle of the water below. The architects took inspiration from the geometrical shape of crystallized basalt. What does crystallized basalt look like? Well, I didn't know either, so I looked it up and it's pretty dang awesome! See below. Now that I know what crystallized basalt looks like, I have to say that the architects did a pretty amazing job with interpreting their inspiration. I mean, look at each one of those glass and steel window panes - Gorgeous! They created the facade with a geometric modular system, called the "quasi-brick."

The architects played with the use of natural and artificial light to achieve a building that did not appear heavy and static. The transparent facade creates a lightness and is ever changing with the sun and seasons. The interior of the building is just as beautiful as you get the play of shadows and light coming in. This new concert and conference hall is inviting and beautiful - perfect for welcoming people to the Iceland's capital city.

Sources: Designwire Daily/HenningLarsenArchitects/Batteriid Architects