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Harpa Concert Hall – Reykjavik’s amazing Architecture

This is the Harpa Concert Hall Conference centre in Reykjavik, which I visited on the last day of a 9 day holiday in Iceland. Iceland is an amazing destination. The scenery of Iceland is superb with glaciers, volcanoes, geysers,  waterfalls and above all, great light.

Harpa Concert Hall

Reykjavik’s Harpa concert hall is a must see for anyone who loves modern architecture. The striking glass façade is based on the basalt structures found all over the country.

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik – ©David Bleeker

The interior has a lot of contrast It is light because of the glass on the outside and dark because of the black concrete used throughout the building. I love to revisit this building at night to see the lighting of the façade.

The building is situated right at the waterfront with a view of the harbour and the surounding mountains. The design was a collaboration between Danish Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson who designed the glass façade.
This year (2013) the building won the Mies van de Rohe Award (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture).

See more exterior and interior images in the Harpa, Reykjavik Gallery

Harpa art for sale.

Paris Skyline

When researching for my trip to Paris, I found that Parc de Belleville  in the 20th arrondissement was tipped to have great views.

Paris Sunset

The Skyline of Paris with the Eiffel Tower and an amazing sunset

Montmartre is the more famous spot, but Parc de Belleville has the views without the tourists. And as this spot is more east of the city there is a better view of the Eiffel tower with the sun setting in the west.  I am normally not chasing a sunset but this particular evening we had the most amazing sunset which completed this image of the Paris skyline, definitely the right place at the right time. An earlier shot in Parc de Belleville can be found here and this is a link to the Paris Gallery

Paris Skyline Photographs for sale.

Paris in Four Days.

Last week I spend four days shooting in Paris together with a friend and colleague Rob de Voogd from Zappback.nl. Our trains arrived at Gare du Nord  within 15 min of each other.The long list of shooting locations we made meant that the weekend was packed from very early in the morning till late in the evening. To get to all the locations we would travel by metro which made the 5 day Visité pass the best choice as it also gives discount on different attractions.  Being used to swiping an Oyster card we were pretty surprised to get a very low tech paper ticket with paper counterpart with number and name filled out by hand.

Eiffel Tower, Paris at Autumn

Eiffel Tower reflected in the park pond with stunning autumn coloured trees.

The first day the weather was not what we hoped for grey and foggy but the rest of the days were pretty much perfect. Here is a first selection of images I have processed so far.

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