Saturday, 4 February 2017

Discovering Reykjavik

The sun comes up about 09.57 hours but there is some light and it always looks lovely in the snow. Today we had rain which highly the grey stones. Maybe thesis why som many of the houses are brightly painted.  It was not such good day for one driver who had driven into the side of a car and was waiting for the owner to return. We ventured to the Harpa building. the concert and conference hall. It was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-oeration with a Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The structure consists of s steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours. This made for a challenge when trying to photograph the interior
Construction started in 2007 but was halted with the start of the 2008 Icelandic financial crisis.  The completion  was challenged and it had only been half-built. It was the only construction project in existence in Iceland government funded for several years. An opening concert took place 4 May 2011 when the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra performed under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy.


1 comment:

  1. What wonderful colours on the concert hall. I bet the driver of the car thought you were an insurance assessor!!