First casting of concert hall and conference centre building
12 January 2007 saw a turning point in the preparation for the construction of the concert hall and conference centre building in downtown Reykjavík’s East Harbour, when the first casting was done on the foundation of the complex in a well-attended ceremony.
IPC construction site manager Ísleifur Sveinsson supervised the event, assisted by Björgólfur Gudmundsson, Chairman of the Board of Portus Holding Company; Stefán Thórarinsson, project management committee chairman; Reykjavík Mayor Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson; Minister of Education, Science and Culture Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir; and Minister of Transport, Tourism and Telecommunications Sturla Bödvarsson.
The concert hall and conference centre will be the first building of its size to have been designed specially as a concert and conference facility in Iceland. The ceremony signalled the beginning of a new chapter in the long history of this large and impressive building that will change the face of downtown Reykjavík.
On a lot adjacent to the concert hall and conference centre will be a new 400-room hotel, as well as commercial and office space and the new headquarters of Landsbanki.
The concert hall and conference centre will be the home venue of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and represents a revolution in musical performance in Iceland. Furthermore, the building will create a uniquely appealing facility for conferences and conventions, boosting conference and tourism activities in the country and providing a host of new and exciting opportunities.