House of Music
The different volumes and surfaces create an architectural expression suited to the multi-functional and synergetic nature of the building.
Coop Himmelb(l)au's final design for the House of Music is organized around the concept of sharing and synergy, while recognizing the need for independence of the individual institutions within. Wherever possible sharing of spaces is enabled and overlapping of use of public and performance spaces is supported through the design.
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Music, Creativity and Art are the centers of inspiration, both of the shared-synergetic behavior and of the form and expression of the architecture.
The Foyer is the main common and public space and connects the public to the Main Concert Hall and its balconies at ground level and above, and to the Intimate, Rhythmic and Classical Halls below. The front of house space of the Foyer is a compact vertical zone oriented at the same time to the Culture Square and the Fjord. This vertical organization serves to provide the most effective multiple hall front of house system for the public audience.
This typology is adopted to insure good natural light and maximized views within an economical and efficient system of circulation, and to establish close, central relations to the performance and public space of the House of Music. The "U" is oriented with the open side towards the Fjord where the Foyer is located facing onto the new House of Music square adjacent to the harbor front promenade.
The design of the site emphasizes both the urban character of the House of Music area in the city and the natural aspects of the Limfjord and Aalborg stream. Both the Cultural Square and House of Music Square are seen as urban extensions of Aalborg and are connected to the existing pedestrian and traffic systems.
Facts about House of Music
Estimated completion: 2012
Wolf D. Prix / W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
Wolf D. Prix
Marcelo Bernardi, Pete Rose
Design Architect Interiors:
Bo Stjerne Thomsen
Moltke, Aalborg, Denmark
Jeppe Aagaard Andersen
Rambøll, Aalborg, Denmark
North Jutland House of Music Foundation
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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