Photo: Nic Lehoux
The main idea behind light and transparency is also reflected in his choice of glass. Some of the glass blocks were designed using SCHOTT NARIMA® color effect glass that reflects the changing light conditions during the day. The façade as a kaleidoscope of colors – made possible by the optical interference layers of this dichroic color effect glass. The colors vary depending on the incident solar radiation and viewing angle. The spectrum ranges from the warm golden colors of glowing lava to the ice blue glaciers of winter. And at night, the façade glows in red, green and blue, thanks to how the glass blocks are illuminated by LEDs that can be controlled individually. Besides color ef-fect glass, Eliasson also used more than 1,000 additional, rather unique five- and six-sided glass elements, including the optical interference anti-reflective glass AMIRAN® from SCHOTT supplied in the form of a laminated glass. They achieve higher transparency because, wherever the anti-reflective glasses were used, the viewer is able to see inside the building without being bothered by any disturbing reflections.
The static building ‘dematerializes’ and Harpa enters into a dialogue with its surrounding environment. This makes the impressive monolith located in the small and rather tranquil city of Reykjavik look somewhat airy and aesthetic. ”A façade performs much the same function as human skin. It serves as an intermediary between the inside and outside world – in this case, between the concert hall and the city,” Eliasson notes in describing his artistic approach. The first concert was held at the Harpa in early September, 2011. Nevertheless, this is only the start. Plenty of other events will follow. After all, “Harpa” not only means ”harp”, but is also the name of the first month of spring in the Nordic calendar – it thus symbolizes the beginning of better times. And this is exactly what Iceland, a country battered by the financial and economic crisis, needs. <|
SCHOTT special glass
|Innovation||Products||Press||Careers||SCHOTT North America|