Concert Halls and Musical Institutions
39 imagesThe Helsinki Music Centre (Finnish: Helsingin musiikkitalo, Swedish: Musikhuset i Helsingfors) is a concert hall and a music center in Töölönlahti, Helsinki. The building is home to Sibelius Academy and two symphony orchestras, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. The Music Centre is located on a prestigious site between Finlandia Hall and the museum of contemporary art Kiasma, and across the street from the Parliament of Finland. The vineyard-type main concert hall seats 1,704 people. The building contains five smaller rooms for 140–400 listeners. These include a chamber music hall, a chamber opera hall, an organ hall, a 'black box' room for electrically amplified music and a rehearsal hall. The smaller rooms are used regularly by the students of Sibelius Academy for their training and student concerts. The site is highly challenging from a design standpoint, as all of the neighboring buildings are architectural landmarks of central national importance in Finland, and they represent a wide range of different architectural styles and periods. The winning entry in the architecture competition by LPR Architects was titled "A Mezza Voce", referring to an understated building that aims to unify the surroundings, as opposed to competing with them with a grand architectural gesture. A large part of the Music Centre's considerable volume is placed underground in order to keep the roof of the building in line with its neighbors. A wide, sloping, landscaped terrace covers the underground structure and forms a part of an open park in front of the Parliament House. The large glass-walled foyer opens to the park. Unconventionally, the walls of the main concert hall are partly glass at the foyer level, allowing daylight from the foyer into the concert hall itself. The glass walls can be closed with curtains located in between the glass elements if daylight is not desired during a performance. Chief architect Marko Kivistö has stated that the forms of the outside are deliberately simple, leaving the building to reveal a more varied and dramatic interior. The green color of the copper facade is designed to connect the building with the surrounding lawns and parks. The building aims to provide a frame for, and a new view at the more expressive curved shape of the museum of contemporary art, Kiasma, which stands across the park from the Centre.
53 imagesThe Seat of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) is a part of the so-called Axis of Culture in Katowice which is the revival of the post-mining area. It is a combination of modernity and tradition, of which the facades are the perfect reflection: crafts made brick walls burned using old Silesian recipes and the skin that wraps the concrete prefabricated pillars which hide all the noisy infrastructure without negative effects on the acoustic qualities inside. The entire building is full of crafts, hand-made elements in concrete, wood, brick and stone, yet sophisticated technologies and contemporary designs. The outer building forms a white ring made of stone and marble - the space for musicians. The atrium is the space for music lovers, while the black core - the concert hall in the inner building is the place of a meeting of both - musicians and music lovers. The unique instrument-like shape provides extraordinary acoustics. The best practices of music halls from around the world, including historical ones, have gained a new contemporary dimension here.
45 imagesSzczecin Philharmonic (full name in Polish: Filharmonia im. Mieczysława Karłowicza w Szczecinie), or the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra founded in 1948, is a philharmonic of the city of Szczecin, Poland.In 2015, the new building of the philharmonic was awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award is a Prize given biennially by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona,to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe'. The Prize was created in 1987 as equal partnerships between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. The award is open to all the works completed in Europe within the two-year period before the granting of the Prize. These works are submitted by independent experts, the national architecture associations and the advisory committee of the Prize and then evaluated by a Jury which is defined for each edition. The five finalist works are visited by the Jury who chooses a Prize Winner and an Emerging Architect Winner. The building emerges from its urban context, influenced by the steeply pitched roofs and the verticality of the city’s buildings, by the monumentality of the upright ornaments of its neo-Gothic churches. With an expressionist mindset, we have aimed to use geometry to give shape to a new rhythmic composition that conveys feelings by balancing massiveness and verticality. The use of glass as the exterior cladding material highlights how the building contrasts with the conditions of its surrounding environment. It creates a bright, transparent and upstanding object. The building’s interiors are simple. The symphonic hall differs from these in that it is a sculpted object embedded into a barely outlined mineral-like space.