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Olafur Eliasson Studio and Henning Larsen Architecs win the Mies van der Rohe Award.
3/05/2013
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 biennial 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.
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