Henning Larsen Architects has designed the facade of the
Concert Hall in close collaboration with the local
architects Batteríið Architects and the Danish-Icelandic
artist Olafur Eliasson.
As the rest of the building, the design of the facades is
inspired by nature. In particular, the characteristic local
basalt formations have provided the inspiration for the geometric
Made of glass and steel in a twelve-sided space-filling geometric
modular system called the 'quasi-brick', the building appears a
kaleidoscopic play of colours, reflected in the more than 1000
quasi-bricks composing the southern facade. The remaining facades
and the roof are made of sectional representations of this
geometric system, resulting in two-dimensional flat facades of five
and six-sided structural frames. In order to develop these ideas
the team worked with three-dimensional computer models, finite
element modelling, various digital visualisation techniques as well
as maquettes, models and mock-ups.
Light and transparency are key elements in the building. The
crystalline structure, created by the geometric figures of the
facade, captures and reflects the light - promoting the dialogue
between the building, city and surrounding landscape.
One of the main ideas has been to "dematerialise" the building
as a static entity and let it respond to the surrounding colours -
the city lights, ocean and glow of the sky. In this way, the
expression of the facade changes according to the visual angle.
With the continuously changing scenery, the building will appear in
an endless variation of colours.