House of Music
Coop Himmelb(l)au

September 08, 2003 /

Aalborg, Denmark

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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.

Music, Creativity and Art are the centers of inspiration, both of the shared-synergetic behavior and of the form and expression of the architecture.

/Wolf D. Prix

Photo © Coop Himmelb(l)au

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.

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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.

Photo © Coop Himmelb(l)au

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.

Drawing courtesy Coop Himmelb(l)auSite Plan
Drawing courtesy Coop Himmelb(l)auFirst Floor Plan
Drawing courtesy Coop Himmelb(l)auFourth Floor Plan
Drawing courtesy Coop Himmelb(l)au

Facts about House of Music

Gross area:

17,744 m2

Estimated completion: 2012

Wolf D. Prix / W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH

Design Principal:

Wolf D. Prix

Project Partner:

Michael Volk

Project Architect:

Marcelo Bernardi, Pete Rose

Design Architect:

Luzie Giencke

Design Architect Interiors:

Eva Wolf

Project team:

Benjamin Schmidt
Philip Wilck
Ariane Marx
Markus Baumann
Ivana Jug
Anna Wasserthal
Talya Kozminsky
Blaine Lepp
Robin Heather
Bo Stjerne Thomsen
Stephanie Neufeld,
Tyler Bornstein
Elisabeth Keane
Markus Pillhofer

Local Architects:

Moltke, Aalborg, Denmark

Landscape Architect:

Jeppe Aagaard Andersen

Structural Engineers:

Rambøll, Aalborg, Denmark


North Jutland House of Music Foundation

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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