Country / City: Iceland / Reykjavik
Completion: 2010
Seats: 1,800 (concert hall), 500 (fourth hall), 450 (rehearsal hall), 750 (conference hall)
Equipment Delivered: Complete upper and lower stage machinery, C⋅A⋅T control system

Our Task

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The opening of Harpa in May 2011 was an important moment for all of Iceland because it happened during a time of financial insecurity in the country.

For Waagner-Biro Stage Systems the Harpa project was likewise special. The company supplied not only the complete stage equipment for three rooms (Concert Hall, Rehearsal Hall and Fourth Hall), but also supplied impressive acoustics solutions conceived by the architect Henning Larsen.

In cooperation with New York-based acoustic specialists, Artec Consultants, and with the help of innovative technology, Waagner-Biro Stage Systems installed in total 267 eighteen-metre-long acoustic curtains, 78 acoustic gates, 35 tons of mobile acoustic covers and a chorus waggon. This created a perfect and flexible, controllable sound experience, whether for a major opera or for more intimate theatrical drama.

At a Glance:

Elaborate system of adaptable physical acoustics, which adjusts hall reverberation using:

  • 185 moveable acoustic banners of 18 m
  • 264 m² overhead canopies weighing 35 tons
  • Doors to hidden reverberation chambers