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“Beautiful Building” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre at the heart of Reykjavik is an award-winning building situated at the old harbour. Harpa opened its doors in 2011 and boasts a wide variety of hosted events where all musical genres play a part. Harpa won the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2013 for architecture. Harpa was designed by Olafur Eliasson, Henning Larssen architects and Batteri architects. Harpa is the residency of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Icelandic Opera and the Reykjavik Big Band. Harpa is a state of the art conference centre. Harpa was awarded the prestigious MICE Report award for best conference centre in Northern Europe. Harpa is also the home of several regular shows: - How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes - Pearls of Icelandic Songs - Icelandic Sagas: The Greatest Hits - Reykjavík Classics - Mulinn Jazz Club - The Tin Drum Series - Bowie: The Session - The Icelandic Emigration Center's Exhibit
Toronto, Ontario
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“Beautiful Building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

We attended Airwaves and visited the Harpa as one of the venues. We really enjoyed the smaller rooms inside of Harpa, they were an excellent venue for the intimate concert experience. The acoustics in the Harpa were great. The building photographs well and every direction you turn is a great photo opportunity.

I would have expected that a large venue such as the Harpa would have tidied up the beer cans and garbage. Other venues were much more on top of the cleanliness.

Definitely looking forward to the next Airwaves and spending time at the Harpa.

Visited November 2013
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“Airwaves”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

Checked out just about every room during Airwaves 2013. The sound is amazing and it's just beautiful inside. Great venue!

Visited October 2013
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“Pop in, But thats it”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

its an unusual and impressive building, but thats about it. we were restricted to the groud floor due to a conference so unable to see the whole interior of the building

Visited October 2013
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“Amazing architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

This is an award winning architectural masterpiece that dominates the skyline in the harbour! Light plays off the glass making it an interesting building to photograph and the contrast between the manmade structure and the natural landscape very dramatic. The acoustics inside are apparently amazing too!

Visited November 2013
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“What?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

Looks like a space ship and is gray and cold on the inside. Very messy as well. Mind you - it was the Airwaves weekend but it just looked dirty.

Visited November 2013
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