May 1, 2013
Architizer friend and A+ juror Olafur Eliasson has won the 2013 Mies Van Der Rohe Award for his design of the Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, and we are thrilled! Eliasson, who helped conceive the building’s radiant façade, shares the prestigious prize with the Studio Olafur Eliasson team, Henning Larsen Architects, and Baterii∂ Architects, who all collaborated on the project.
Known for some of the most memorable contemporary art projects in the 21th century thus far, such as the Weather Project at Tate Modern and the Waterfalls in New York City’s East River, Eliasson’s works are often inspired by his obsession with atmosphere and light. Accordingly, the variegated glass façade of Eliasson’s concert hall was inspired by Iceland’s famed Northern Lights and dramatic scenery, and helped the artist and architect grab the award. Read more!