Design + Architecture

The Visionaries

by Suzanne Wales


On the horizon: Koncerthuset, Copenhagen

Nouvel will once again feature an animated facade in his Koncerthuset, the new concert hall for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, due to be completed in 2009. The casing of this striking 130-by-164-foot cobalt-blue box allows for back projections, giving it the appearance of a floating piece of abstract art against the night sky. Inside, the main auditorium is suspended above the foyer, adding to the weightlessness of the project. And for those concertgoers sick of performances being obscured by freakishly tall audience members in front, the clever terraced seating configuration allows views all the way from the back of the auditorium. The Koncerthuset will be a key feature of the new Ørestad urban development that aims to draw visitors to this suburban swath of modern residences and business parks just south of the city center. The development is bound to make a big impression in this design-mad city, which, surprisingly, has few contemporary buildings of distinction.

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