Louis Kahn’s floating concert hall may go to scrap

A stainless steel barge that American architect Louis Kahn designed to host orchestral concerts will be scrapped at a Louisiana shipyard, unless it finds a new owner by the end of the month. Kahn designed the Point Counterpoint II for his friend and conductor Robert Austin Boudreau, and the Pennsylvania-based American Symphony Orchestra, who use the boat to travel America’s

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Caruso St John’s Liverpool Philharmonic Hall refurbishment revives an art deco masterpiece

Architecture firm Caruso St John has been named among the winners of the 2017 RIBA Regional Awards for its renovation and extension of Herbert Rowse’s art deco Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The British architecture firm completed the project in 2015, around the same time as its Stirling Prize-winning gallery for Damien Hirst and Larry Gagosian’s third and largest

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Weathering steel clads “pop temple” in Leiden by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

A+Awards: this concert venue in the Dutch city of Leiden is clad with panels of weathering steel and was awarded a 2016 Architizer A+Award. Rotterdam firm Ector Hoogstad Architecten inserted the Gebr. De Nobel among buildings the city’s 19th-century ring. Described by the architects as a “pop temple”, the venue includes a main hall that

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Conjoined glass and steel tubes form Fuksas Studio’s concert and exhibition venue in Georgia

These images show the tubular forms of a music theatre and exhibition hall by Studio Fuksas, which is nearing completion in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas designed the cultural complex for a site in the city’s Rhike Park. The project has been ongoing since 2010 and is scheduled to complete later in 2017 when work

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Allied Works Architecture creates massive music centre for downtown Calgary

Covering two city blocks, Canada’s National Music Centre comprises towering volumes clad in bronze-hued tiles and a refurbished historic brick building. The centre, called Studio Bell, is located in Calgary, a city in the western province of Alberta. Dedicated to Canadian music, the centre houses a 300-seat concert hall and exhibition space totalling 22,000 square feet (2,044

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Drones offer fly-through preview of Herzog de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

For those who can’t wait for the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg to open next month, creative agency Jung von Matt has released an interactive movie tour of the building filmed by drones. Jung von Matt worked with producers Simon & Paul to create the movie tour of the opera house – a building designed by Swiss architects office Herzog & Meuron.

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall furnished with minimalist monochrome furniture

When designing the furniture for Herzog & de Meuron’s £163 million concert hall, Daniel Schöning, Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau opted for a monochrome colour palette to keep the focus on the surrounding architecture. Schöning, an architect, enlisted the help of the Hamburg-based designers after he was commissioned to create the interior concept and furnishings

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie Hamburg announces completion in lights

Herzog & de Meuron’s long-delayed Hamburg concert hall has announced its completion to the city in huge illuminated letters. On the evening of Monday 31 October, the facade of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg was lit up to spell out “FERTIG” – German for “COMPLETED” – marking the end of a 10-year construction period. A photo posted by

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MAD reveals plans for translucent China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing

Chinese studio MAD has released visuals for its new concert hall in Beijing, which will be draped in a translucent fluted facade. MAD’s China Philharmonic Hall will be located on an 11,600-square-metre site beside the Workers Stadium in Beijing’s central business district. It will provide the first permanent residence for the China Philharmonic Orchestra. The 26,587-square-metre classical music venue will contain a main

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Zaha Hadid’s Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre nears completion

These new photographs reveal a vast cultural complex by Zaha Hadid Architects, which is reaching its final stages of construction in the Chinese city Nanjing (+ slideshow). Singaporean photographer Khoo Guo Jie visited the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre ahead of its completion later this year. The 465,000-square-metre complex was designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the riverfront of Hexi New Town More

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Rex releases images of performing arts centre for New York’s World Trade Center

A translucent marble cube by Rex Architecture that will contain the Perelman Performing Arts Center has been unveiled as the “keystone” for the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan (+ slideshow). The New York studio revealed the long-anticipated design for the 90,000-square-foot (8,400-square-metre) performing arts venue earlier today. The Ronald O Perelman Performing Arts More

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Diamond Schmitt Architects reveals Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts for Texas

Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt Architects has announced the construction of a concert hall dedicated to American musician Buddy Holly on what would have been his 80th birthday (+ slideshow). The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts is to be built in Holly’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas, where he was born Charles Hardin Holley on 7 More

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Concert halls take centre stage on Dezeen’s new Pinterest board

A concert hall in Poland featuring concrete and crushed brickwork impressed readers this week, so we’ve visited the Dezeen archives to create a Pinterest board full of awe-inspiring performance venues. Others include a spiky building shortlisted for last year’s Mies van der Rohe Award and Herzog & de Meuron’s part-completed Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | More

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Fernando Menis combines crushed brickwork and concrete for cavernous concert hall in Poland

Tenerife architect Fernando Menis claims to have developed a new construction technique, demonstrated by this concert hall in Poland featuring faceted surfaces of crushed brick and concrete (+ slideshow). Fernando Menis mixed concrete and broken red brick – a technique he calls picado – to create the cave-like interior of the CKK Jordanki concert hall, which is intended to More

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Chipperfield unveils design for partially buried concert hall in Germany

David Chipperfield Architects has released images of its design for a half-submerged concert hall bracketed by textured concrete walls in southern Germany (+ slideshow). Chipperfield’s Berlin office won a competition to design the Carmen Würth Forum in 2006 for the cultural foundation supported by Adolf Würth, a German screw and tool manufacturer. The forum’s chamber music hall More

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New photos offer a closer look around Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie de Paris

These new images by photographer Danica O Kus provide a tour around the exterior of Philharmonie de Paris, the concert hall designed and disowned by French architect Jean Nouvel (+ slideshow). The £280 million building, located in the city’s Parc de La Villette, features a multi-tonal facade of interlocking bird-shaped tiles that extend across both wall and ground surfaces. More

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Bureau V converts an old Brooklyn sawdust factory into a concert hall

New York studio Bureau V has transformed a brick industrial building into a musical venue, with an auditorium featuring white walls criss-crossed by black stripes (+ slideshow). The National Sawdust music venue, located in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, is named after the company that once inhabited the century-old building. The property was acquired several years ago […]

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Concrete concert hall by Rojkind Arquitectos will overlook the Gulf of Mexico

Construction work has started on a new concert hall by Mexican firm Rojkind Arquitectos in Boca del Rio, Mexico, featuring a bold geometric form that references the jagged outline of an adjacent jetty. The Foro Boca concert hall will provide a home for the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra, which was formed last year, as part of the city’s wider aim to […]

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House of Music represents a “very simple but powerful typology” says Wolf D Prix

Coop Himmelb(l)au founder Wolf D Prix explains how the design of his House of Music concert hall in Denmark was influenced by a monastery by Le Corbusier in this movie by architectural filmmakers Spirit of Space. In the four-minute movie, the 72-year-old Austrian architect explains the guiding principles behind his firm’s design for the school and concert hall that […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Malmö Live is a cultural complex designed as “a small city”

Scandinavian firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has completed a canal-side cultural complex in Malmö, Sweden, featuring a 1,600-seat concert hall, a conference centre and a trio of hotel towers (+ slideshow). Located on Universitetsholmen, an island to the north-east of Malmö’s centre, the Malmö Live complex covers 54,000-square-metres. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects planned the layout of the […]

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New photographs reveal the inside of Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie

These new shots by London-based photographer Peter Guenzel offer a look inside Herzog & de Meuron’s unfinished Hamburg concert hall, which is still two years away from completion (+ slideshow). The severely delayed Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is set to open its doors on 11 January 2017, 10 years after construction first began, and will boast three auditoriums including […]

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Jean Nouvel takes legal action to distance himself from “unfinished” Philharmonie de Paris

News: French architect Jean Nouvel has applied for a court order to disassociate himself from the Paris concert hall, which he says is “non-compliant” with his original design. Having boycotted the opening of the Philharmonie de Paris earlier this year, the Ateliers Jean Nouvel founder has now petitioned to have his name and image removed from all references […]
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Szczecin Philharmonic Hall in Poland captured in new photographs by Hufton + Crow

These new shots by Hufton + Crow provide an in-depth look at the pointy profile and expansive interiors of the Polish concert hall that was recently shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 and this year’s Designs of the Year (+ slideshow). The Szczecin Philharmonic Hall by Spanish studio Barozzi Veiga was one of 40 projects named […]
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Translucent glass concert hall designed by Barozzi Veiga with a jagged roofline

This concert hall in Poland by Spanish studio Barozzi Veiga features ribbed glass cladding and a spiky roof, giving it the appearance of an icy crown (+ slideshow). Barcelona-based Barozzi Veiga won a competition to design the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall for the coastal city of Szczecin, in north-west Poland, where it sits on the site of another auditorium […]
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White concrete cultural centre by DRDH nestles up against a Norwegian harbour

White concrete surfaces vary from matte to polished on the walls of this library and concert hall, completed by London studio DRDH on the waterfront of Bodø, Norway (+ slideshow). The project to design the new £110 million cultural centre was won by DRDH, run by Daniel Rosbottom and David Howarth, in 2009. The buildings, together named Stormen (Storm), […]

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Peter Haimerl’s Bavarian concert hall has a rough stone exterior and a raw concrete interior

One end of this stone-clad concert hall in Germany by Peter Haimerl Architektur appears to have subsided into the ground, causing the other to lift up in to the air (+ slideshow). Munich-based Peter Haimerl Architektur designed the 500-square-metre venue for the small village of Bailbach, in the Bavarian woods. Related story: Criss-crossing timber canopy extends over […]

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