Hljóðhimnar is a place for children and their families to discover the magical world of sound and tones.
In Hljóðhimnar you can sit in the positions of the conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, snuggle up to the lullabies and songs of the Icelandic Opera, look into Maximús Músíkús mouseholes, sail around the oceans of music with the Reykjavik Big Band and so much more.
Hljóðhimnar is a place for children and their families to discover the magical world of sound and tones. Hljóðhimnar is the heart of children's culture in Harpa.
Various events will be held in Hljóðhimnar and we begin with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra's Children's Hour on March 12, 2022 and stretches into the spring with a variety of activities.
Admission to Hljóðhimnar is free and opening hours are as follows:
Weekdays 14:00-18:00. Saturdays and Sundays 10:00-18:00.
Please note that the Hljóðhimnar are closed on Monday 2 May and Tuesday 3 May for maintenance.
The idea and design process behind Hljóðhimna
One of the birthday presents on Harpa's 10th anniversary in 2021 was the design of a new space specially designed for children and families. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Icelandic Opera and Reykjavík Big Band, which are based in Harpa, are among those who contributed to creating a unique experiential journey through the magical world of sound and tones. The space got the beautiful name Hljóðhimnar and is located on the ground floor in Harpa.
The design team ÞYKJÓ led the design process in collaboration with Harpa, Gagarín, Vísindasmiðjan, Reykjavík Audio, IRMA, the aforementioned residents of the building and last but not least the ÞYKJÓ´s Kids Council.
ÞYKJÓ´S Kids Council
With the ÞYKJÓ´s Kids Council it was ensured that children participated in the project and had an influence on the design process. Last July, 100 children aged 5-7 came to workshops with ÞYKJÓ´s designers and scientists from Vísindasmiðjan in Harpa. The workshops looked for ways to communicate sound physics, how sound waves move the air and how music moves us. Designers started the brainstorming process with the kids and together we dreamed about what this space should be like. The collaboration and conversation with the children is the foundation on which ÞYKJÓ's design work for Hljóðhimna was based, and during the work process, children are regularly brought to the table to give their expert opinion.
Dagkrá og samstarfsaðilar
ÞYKJÓ (pronounced thickyo) is the Icelandic noun for make-believe. ÞYKJÓ's design projects aim to stimulate the imagination and creativity of children during free play.
Hljóðhimnar design, construction and recordings