Art & Culture at Iceland’s new Reykjavik Harpa Centre

While you may not say that Harpa is a lean venture by any means, it is an art centre that is literally a landmark in and of itself.  Aside from how stunning it is, what struck me about Harpa was their culturally relevant programming and wide ranging experiences they offer their community and visitors from all over the world.  For example, they have a Northern Lights Sailing package from the centre, where artists perform for passengers during the journey. In addition, a guide tells you about the natural phenomenon and the surrounding landscape over hot chocolate and warm cinnamon buns. They also offer warm overalls for all passengers.  The art center is non-profit and largely government funding (like $160 million), but they have immensely creative ways to capture back income.
 A bookstore & florist, a catering service, a danish bistro, an Icelandic fine dining restaurant (seal is on the menu), a nordic design and gift store, and music store with personal recommendations from staff.

Next time you ask yourself, who in the world does this… There is a good chance that Harpa probably does.