The award is presented to projects of high architectural value that have contributed to the social, cultural or economic development of the local community.
Harpa recently won the award of 'Best Performance Space', awarded by the American travel magazine Travel+Leisure. Since the grand opening in August 2011, the Concert Hall has been recognised several times in both national and international magazines. In the Danish architecture magazin Arkitektur DK 5 11, Harpa is acknowledged for its unique facade and orientation towards the city. Editor Martin Keiding calls Harpa “a community centre” and elaborates: ”This is a decisive and important touch in terms of bringing the city and the harbour together.”
Launched in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards is one of the oldest built environment award schemes in Europe. In 2011, the residential building The Wave in Vejle by Henning Larsen Architects also won a Civic Trust Award.