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.
Odense Music and Theatre Hall in Denmark by C. F. Møller Architects
November 6th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: C. F. Møller Architects
Odeon gives the people of Funen an international-class theatre and concert venue. Since 1 March, the 32,000 m² cultural venue has included theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, communal meals and public events. This will be celebrated enthusiastically during the next week, when more than 100 events will take place at Odeon.
“It will be fantastic to see Odense rally around Odeon during the next week,” says Klaus Toustrup, CEO of C.F. Møller and the architect responsible for the Odeon project.
“Now we will really be able to see Odeon as a new interpretation of the ‘City’s Modern Community Centre’. This building will be buzzing with life all week, with exhibitions, concerts, plays and happenings, and with people meeting up for communal meals. Now we can see the vision for Odeon being achieved, as a culture generator for the community,” says Klaus Toustrup.
Kickstarting urban development
“The programme for the week shows a little of what the building can be used for – from major productions to very small events. Odeon is a new venue as the hub and lever for culture and the conference industry in Odense,” says Odense’s Mayor, Peter Rahbæk Juel.
Odeon gives Odense a whole new type of cultural venue that is also open when there are no concerts or conferences. This is the first completed building at the former Thomas B. Thriges Gade, making it a visible symbol of the city centre’s transformation. Odeon is a key player in the transformation of the area into a new, car-free quarter with close connections to the harbour, city centre and station.
“Odeon has a very high standard, a location in the heart of Denmark and a size that in future will draw in even more exciting artists and major conferences,” says Peter Rahbæk Juel.
House of opportunity
“This is the unique aspect of Odeon. The building’s functions ensure that users can be mixed and combined. Odeon is a place where no two days are ever the same, where the public are always challenged and changed, making the dynamic and development constant,” says Klaus Toustrup.
“You can shop for your everyday groceries, while others enjoy magnificent concerts, a tasty meal or art inside or outside the building. This mix is the key to making Odeon a fixed aspect of Odense’s development,” says Klaus Toustrup.
The opening week will culminate on 5 May, when Her Majesty Queen Margrethe visits Odeon to attend the week’s gala show.
The new music and theatre hall is created to be a cultural power centre with four stages and the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music under one roof.
power centre with four stages and the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music under one roof. The great hall accommodates approximately 1800 spectators, while the small hall accommodates approximately 300 spectators. There is also a chamber music hall and a rhythmic hall. The Culture centre also has a restaurant, bar/lounge with access to a roof terrace, offices and canteen as well as a parking basement.
The site is located in the Hans Christian Andersen Quarter and borders both the historical town and contemporary multi-storey housing. The varied townscape has provided inspiration for the architecture. The development is composed of a number of town houses, the heights of which vary in harmony with the neighbouring buildings.
The volume of the building is thus reduced in its impact on the urban fabric, and the subdivision helps create varied and small-scaled urban spaces surrounding the Concert and Theatre Hall.
Two of the buildings stand out in their solidity: the Great Hall and the Stage Tower. With a luminous white exterior, these form a contrast to the otherwise dark relief facades, and help to bring a sense of identity to the cultural centre. The white surfaces can be used for image projections to tell the surrounding world about the activities in the building.
The cultural centre will acquire the character of a city within a city, as the various buildings will be linked by glass-roofed arcades, squares and open spaces which connect with the surrounding neighbourhoods.
The foyer acts as a ‘cultural marketplace’ all day long, and the highly flexible acoustic and functional layout of the great hall, with its basic geometry inspired by the Italian baroque theatres, guarantees a multitude of uses besides concerts and opera, such as dance performances, conferences, fashion shows etc.
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