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Olafur Eliasson : Architecture

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Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The weather project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a survey exhibition organised by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, travelled to further venues until 2010.

Olafur Eliasson
photo © Olafur Eliasson

His solo exhibition Innen Stadt Außen (Inner City Out) opened at Martin‐Gropius‐Bau in 2010, with interventions across Berlin providing a public dimension to the show. Eliasson has engaged in a number of projects in public space, including Green river, carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001; The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, designed with the architect Kjetil Thorsen; and The New York City Waterfalls, commissioned by the Public Art Fund in 2008. As professor at Berlin University of the Arts, Eliasson founded the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments) in 2009.

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20 Jun 2016
Versailles Waterfall in Paris, France

Versailles Waterfall

“The Versailles that I have been dreaming up is a place that empowers everyone. It invites visitors to take control of the authorship of their experience instead of simply consuming and being dazzled by the grandeur. It asks them to exercise their senses, to embrace the unexpected, to drift through the gardens, and to feel the landscape take shape through their movement.”

Versailles Waterfall by Olafur Eliasson

Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative – 24 Oct 2013
Seven celebrated ‘artists’ who will mentor seven young artists in 2014-15 are announced, including Olafur Eliasson for visual arts.

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is best known for his large-scale installations and sculptures that employ non-traditional materials such as water and light. In 2003, he represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale.

Latest Architectural Design by Olafur Eliasson

Your rainbow panorama, ARoS, Denmark
Your rainbow panorama ARoS Aarhus
photo © Ole Hein Pedersen
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Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Olafur Eliasson facade artwork

Henning Larsen Architects + Olafur Eliasson
Harpa Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall
photos Courtesy of Harpa © Hörður Sveinsson

Harpa’s opening celebrations begin May 4, 2011, and run through August 20, 2011 when the building is inaugurated and the façade is illuminated during Reykjavík’s Culture Night.

Harpa’s façade was designed by renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen Architects, the building by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects, and the performing arts venues acoustics and theater design by Artec Consultants Inc. Harpa is a landmark in the redevelopment of Reykjavík’s historic harbour and waterfront area, and a symbol of Iceland’s renewed dynamism.

Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall Reykjavik Concert Hall
photos Courtesy of Harpa © Hörður Sveinsson

Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall – The Façade

The multi-faceted glass façade by artist Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with the architects is based on a geometric principle, realised in two and three dimensions. Reminiscent of the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the southern façade create kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and the striking surrounding landscape. Natural light is a key element, dramatically altering the transparency, reflectivity, and colours of the facades as the weather and seasons change. The quasi bricks of the south facades contain LED lights in different hues that make Harpa glow long after the sun has set. The brightness and colour of each module can be controlled and adjusted as needed. The assemblage of the façade is already under way and will be completed in late summer 2010.

Harpa Reykjavik Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall
images © 2007 Portus ehf., Olafur Eliasson, and Henning Larsen Architects

Reykjavik Concert Hall – latest information

Cirkelbroen Copenhagen, Denmark
image : Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson Bridge
The internationally acclaimed Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson, has designed a new bridge, Cirkelbroen (the circle bridge) which will create a winding path across Christianshavns Kanal in Copenhagen connecting Christiansbro with Applebys Plads. From 2012, when the bridge is expected to be completed, the city’s residents and visitors will be able to run, walk or cycle around Copenhagen’s entire inner harbour for the first time.
Olafur Eliasson said: “It is my hope that people will stay on the bridge, use the bridge as a public square. In contrast to the long, straight pier, the winding bridge will reduce speed, turn focus. Rather than offering the fastest possible passage across the canal, the bridge will create small variations in the way we see the city and open for a renegotiation of public space”.

Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy

Films of Oliafur Eliasson show in the Arsenale – please note long download times:

Oliafur Eliasson installation 15 MB

Oliafur Eliasson artwork 18 MB

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