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House of Music Aalborg Opening March 29th, 2014

7. April 2014

"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." - Wolf D. Prix

After four years of construction, the "House of Music" in Aalborg was opened on March 29, 2014 by the Danish Queen Margrethe II. This cultural centre was designed by 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.

U-shaped rehearsal and training rooms are arranged around the core of the ensemble, the concert hall. 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.


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