The first rafter in the roof of the new Icelandic National Concert and Conference Center, which is under construction at the harbor in Reykjavík, was erected yesterday. The rafter is made from steel, weighs 40 tons, and it took almost the entire day to put it in place.
The Icelandic National Concert and Conference Center. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
Seven other smaller rafters will follow. After some delays following the banking collapse last fall, the construction of the center is up to full speed, with employees of Íslenskir Adalverktakar responsible for the project, Morgunbladid reports.
Additionally, Chinese construction workers are establishing a glass mantle around the building, which was designed by Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson. The Icelandic National Concert and Conference Center is scheduled to open in spring 2011.
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