The winner of the European Union prize for Contemporary Architecture “Mies van der Rohe” 2013, arch. Ósbjørn Jacobsen, is the special guest of the fifth edition of RIFF International Architecture Expo Conference.
Architect Ósbjørn Jacobsen, partner of Henning Larsen Architects – Denmark, will present in Bucharest, in November, the awarded project, Harpa – Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik. Harpa – Reykjavik – Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Mies van der Rohe 2013 winner
Harpa gathers inspiration from the northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic scenery. situated on the border between land and sea, the Concert Hall stands out as a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbour space as well as the vibrant life of the city.
The spectacular facades have been designed in close collaboration between Henning Larsen Architects, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the engineering companies Rambøll and ArtEngineering GmbH from Germany.
The Concert Hall of 28,000 m2 is situated in a solitary spot with a clear view of the enormous sea and the mountains surrounding Reykjavik.
The project is designed in collaboration with the local architectural company, Batteríið Architects. European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award is granted every two years to acknowledge and reward quality production in Europe.
In this way, the Award draws attention to the major contribution by European professionals to the development of new ideas and technologies.
Henning Larsen Architects is one of the most international architecture companies in Denmark with projects in more than 20 countries.
RIFF 2014 is part of the series of international architecture expo conference organized this year by ABplus Events in Bucharest, Warsaw and Budapest, together with the Order of the Architects of Romania, the Association of Polish Architects and the Chamber of Hungarian Architects.