HARPA - Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
The concert hall at Harpa, the Reykjavík Conference and Concert Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland is the largest of the three main halls within this performance, rehearsal and conference facility. Harpa, which also houses a 450-seat rehearsal hall and a 740 persons conference hall, is itself part of a larger waterfront development scheme that is intended to include a 250-unit hotel, 15,000 square meters of retail zone and an abundance of public space. The Centre opened in May 2011.
The 1800 seat concert hall is the new home to the Iceland
Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera and has long been championed by Conductor Laureate, Sir Vladimir Ashkenazy.
It is intended that Harpa becomes a home to national ensembles, as well as local performing art groups, and accommodates both touring groups and international conferences. With a variety of performance and meeting space, the Centre is able to host a multitude of events such as symphonic concerts, chamber music, choral concerts, solo recitals, jazz cabaret, exhibits, and trade shows.
Artec provided design and planning services covering
Phase services, Auditorium
Performance Equipment Systems Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control consulting for the Harpa Conference and Concert Centre. The architect of the project is Henning Larsen Architects.