30 Apr '13, 1pm

2013 Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Prize goes to Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik

2013 Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Prize goes to Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik

Why? "Partly because there were 600 people involved in the construction, partly because we had been talking about building a concert hall for our philharmonic orchestra for 40 years and we thought if we did not do it now we never would, but also it was because we judged that not to go ahead with it would prolong the crisis in people's minds." So she saw a value in terms of national morale that went beyond considerations of price? "Yes. Exactly. We were obliged to make high budget cuts all over the public sector yet we decided to get this done. There was a lot of controversy at the time but I think now that is fading. The concert house opened in the spring of 2011 and since then more than 800,000 visitors have passed through. People love it. Iceland is a country with a great musical life and we are also a country with a lot of drive and ambition. The building has been both ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/2013-mies-va...

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