Harpa is designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with Batteriið Architects. The spectacular south facade was developed in a joint collaboration between Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen Architects.
The 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is awarded by the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. In total, 335 works in 37 European countries were nominated for the award. An expert jury drew up the final shortlist. The overall winner of the award will be announced in May, with an award ceremony on 6 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain.
"I would like to congratulate all the architects who were nominated and the finalists in particular. We have an enormous wealth of talent in European architecture, which is a shining example of our dynamic cultural and creative sectors. At the same time, we recognise that the architecture industry faces significant challenges resulting from the economic slowdown. The European Commission and Mies van der Rohe Foundation are committed to supporting the sector which makes a significant contribution to the economy and job creation, as well as being a creator of beauty and force for cohesion for our society", said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth."
Since the opening in August 2011, Harpa has received international recognition on several occasions. The concert hall features on the list of the world’s ten best concert halls published by the British magazine Grammaphone and the Swedish architecture magazine FORM selected Harpa as ‘Building of the Year’ in Scandinavia in 2011.
The other finalists are Superkilen in Copenhagen, Denmark, by BIG; City Hall in Ghent, Belgium, by Robbrecht en Daem architecten and Marie-José Van Hee architecten; House for Elderly People in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal, by Aires Mateus Arquitectos, and Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain, by J. Mayer H.