Concert Halls and Musical Institutions
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.