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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark by Coop Himmelb(l)au

 
April 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Coop Himmelb(l)au

After four years of construction, the “House of Music” in Aalborg, Denmark was ceremoniously opened on March 29, 2014 by the Danish Queen Margrethe II.

This cultural centre was designed by the Viennese architectural studio Coop Himmelb(l)au as a combined school and concert hall: its open structure promotes the exchange between the audience and artists, and the students and teachers. “The idea behind the building can already be read from the outer shape. The school embraces the concert hall,” explained Wolf D. Prix, design principal and CEO of Coop Himmelb(l)au.

Image Courtesy © Coop Himmelb(l)au

  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Project: House of Music
  • Location: Aalborg, Denmark
  • Photography: Rene Jeppesen, Martin Schubert, Aleksandra Pawloff, Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Client: North Jutland House of Music Foundation, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
  • Project Partner: Michael Volk
  • Project Architect: Marcelo Bernardi, Pete Rose
  • Design Architect: Luzie Giencke
  • Design architect interior: Eva Wolf
  • CAD coordinator: Ronny Böser
  • 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
  • 3D Visualization: Armin Hess/ Isochrom, Vienna Silkroad, Beijing, China Jens Mehlan, Jörg Hugo
  • Local Architects: Friis & Moltke, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Landscape Architect: Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, Helsingør, Denmark
  • Structural Engineering: Rambøll, Aalborg, Denmark B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

Image Courtesy © Martin Schubert

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Fire Engineering: Nirás, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Cost consultant: Davis Langdon LLP, London, UK
  • Lighting Design Consultant: Har Hollands, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Interior Design Consultant: Eichinger Offices, Vienna, Austria
  • Net floor area: 17.637 m²
  • Gross floor area: 20.257 m²
  • Concert hall: 1.298 Sitzplätze
  • Competition (1st place): 2003
  • Layout planning HoM I: 2003-2005
  • Postponement of the project: 2006-2007
  • Start of layout planning HoM II: 2008
  • Start of construction HoM II: 2010
  • Completion HoM II: 2014

Image Courtesy © Martin Schubert

U-shaped rehearsal and training rooms are arranged around the core of the ensemble, a concert hall for about 1,300 visitors. A generous foyer connects these spaces and opens out with a multi-storey window area onto an adjacent cultural space and a fjord. Under the foyer, three more rooms of various sizes complement the space: the intimate hall, the rhythmic hall, and the classic hall. Through multiple observation windows, students and visitors can look into the concert hall from the foyer and the practice rooms and experience the musical events, including concerts and rehearsals.

Image Courtesy © Rene Jeppesen

The concert hall

The flowing shapes and curves of the auditorium inside stand in contrast to the strict, cubic outer shape. The seats in the orchestra and curved balconies are arranged in such a way that offers the best possible acoustics and views of the stage. The highly complex acoustic concept was developed in collaboration with Tateo Nakajima at Arup. The design of the amorphous plaster structures on the walls and the height-adjustable ceiling suspensions, based on the exact calculations of the specialist in acoustics, ensures for the optimal listening experience.

Image Courtesy © Rene Jeppesen

The concert hall will be one of the quietest spaces for symphonic music in Europe, with a noise-level reduction of NR10 (GK10). Thanks to its architectural and acoustic quality, the concert hall is already well-booked: there will be concerts featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with violin soloist Arabella Steinbacher and the Danish National Radio Orchestra with soprano Mojca Erdmann in April.

Image Courtesy © Coop Himmelb(l)au

The foyer

The foyer serves as a meeting place for students, artists, teachers, and visitors. Five stories high with stairs, observation balconies, and large windows with views of the fjord, it is a lively, dynamic space that can be used for a wide variety of activities.

For Wolf D. Prix, the “House of Music” is a symbol of the unity between music and architecture: “Music is the art of striking a chord in people directly. Like the body of musical instruments this architecture serves as a resonance body for the creativity in the House of Music.”

Image Courtesy © Coop Himmelb(l)au

The energy concept

Instead of fans, the foyer uses the natural thermal buoyancy in the large vertical space for ventilation. Water-filled hypocaust pipes in the concrete floor slab are used for cooling in summer and heating in winter. The concrete walls around the concert hall act as an additional storage capacity for thermal energy. The fjord is also used for cost-free cooling.

The piping and air vents are equipped with highly efficient rotating heat exchangers. Very efficient ventilation systems with low air velocities are attached under the seats in the concert hall.

Image Courtesy © Aleksandra Pawloff

Air is extracted through a ceiling grid above the lighting system so that any heat produced does not cause a rise in the temperature in the room.

The building is equipped with a building management program that controls the equipment in the building and ensures that no system is active when there is no need for it. In this way, energy consumption is minimized.

Image Courtesy © Martin Schubert

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