Greinasafni: Icelandic Times
Iceland’s most ambitious building
The Icelandic National Concert and Conference Centre will open in 2011


One of the most ambitious buildings to rise in Iceland would certainly have to be the Icelandic National Concert and Conference Centre, which will open in the old harbour in Reykjavík early 2011. The building has a unique design with a glass facade covering the entire building. It is over 258.000 square feet in size, which will easily accommodate larger international conferences, conventions with accompanying trade shows and promotions, or for any large group meetings for that matter.

Unique design
Situated in the old harbour between Reykjavík city centre and the North Atlantic, the new Icelandic National Concert and Conference Centre will undoubtedly stand out as a unique landmark in continuous interplay with its surroundings. The design is influenced by Iceland‘s unique landscapes and places the building on the boundary between land and sea, where, according to its builders, it is meant to reflect both sky and harbour space as well as the vibrant life of the city. “The concept of the building is to create a crystalline form with a variety of colours dependent on the surrounding nature, giving the viewer  a continuous feeling of sensuous change. The building stands alone as a monolith, reflecting the varying sky both in intensity and colour depending on the time of day, the weather and the season. The sun will accentuate the details in light and shadow, and the building will allude to the warm golden colours of glowing lava or to the ice blue glaciers of winter.“ The glass facade was designed by renowned visual artist Ólafur Elíasson. The architects of the building are Henning Larsen Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Simultaneous Events
The Icelandic National Concert and Conference Centre will have four halls, the largest of which can accommodate up to 1.800 seated persons. In  addition there will be  various smaller meeting rooms spread around the building and a spacious exhibition area, all equipped with the latest technology. This makes it possible to host events simultaneously without one interfering with another. In addition the building will serve as a centre for live musical performance of all types and genres, be it classical, opera, jazz, blues, rock or pop. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra will have its base there, as well as the Icelandic Opera.

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