If only Math and I got along even just remotely well, I’d have wanted to become an architect. And I’d have wanted to design Harpa, the most beautiful building in Iceland — and probably the rest of the world.
Alas, the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson are the ones who can proudly take credit for this feat.
Like glass jewels of different colors melded together to form a gorgeous geometric pattern, the building houses some of the country’s jewels: The Icelandic Opera and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. What a surreal feeling it must be to hear such sounds in such a setting.
But, really, you don’t need to attend a show to appreciate such a beautifully orchestrated piece of architecture. Because Harpa is the show.
Photos, Rio Jorolan.