I decided to join in on the #WHPwindows project and share this photo of Reykjavik’s now famous Harpa Concert Hall I took just before leaving the city. The one thing that consistently impresses me about the proud and intrepid people who call Iceland home is their sense of place. They’re self-aware and well appreciate their history, culture and where they are going. The gorgeous window-laden Harpa represents all of this and more. Designed before the economic crisis, when 2008 hit this impressive and expensive project was put on hold as Iceland’s economy went into free-fall. But the government quickly decided to move forward with the ambitious plans, albeit with some budget cuts, as a way to symbolize a brighter future. Their prescience was well founded and in the process of building Harpa, designers learned to embrace the best attributes of this island country. That is perhaps best seen in the building’s massive glass facade. Meant to mimic the basalt columns found along the coastline, there are 9,211 window panes and more than 850 hexagons in the design. With stained glass panels mixed in, the net effect is a shimmering glass mirage that I think is even more beautiful inside than outside. Walking through the impressive lobby and halls of the concert hall, every few seconds the appearance inside slightly shifted with the progression of the warm glow of the winter sun. Although I’ve visited Reykjavik a few times, it was my first chance to go inside Harpa and already I now know that visiting will be yet another ritual for me whenever I find myself in this extraordinary city.