Reflecting the geography of its surroundings - the sky, the harbor and the city of Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center opened in May 2011 and is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. Built in collaboration with renowned visual artist Olafur Eliasson, Harpa has a glass facade made up of cubes that change color with the light of day.
Harpa boasts four halls, 1,800-seat auditorium, ample meeting space, catering services, boutiques, Kolabrautin restaurant for fine dining and a ground floor bistro. There are regular guided tours given every day. In April 2013 Harpa was awarded the European Union prize for contemporary architecture, presented by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation and the European Commission.