29 Oct Concert Halls: Where Two Arts Meet
Architecture and music have a deep connection. Both kinds of beauty are the result of mathematical relation, proportions and other harmonic dimensions. This connection reaches its peak in the shape of concert halls, which have evolved throughout history into really sophisticated structures where every aspect is focused on the enhancement of the aesthetic dimension. Here’s a selection of five concert halls that are great examples of the way in which music and architecture can give birth to exquisite venues and experiences.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
This concert hall in Los Angeles is one of the most iconic works developed by architecture legend Frank Gehry 5 Buildings to Get to Know Frank Gehry. This Deconstructivist building was opened in 2003, its facade is made of distinctive steel curves and its main auditorium is made of hardwood for acoustic performance. It defies conventional notions of symmetry, harmony and balance, creating a bold image that is achieved through careful design and planning. It is considered as one of the most sophisticated and best achievements in acoustic architecture in the world.
Carnegie Music Hall
This concert hall in Midtown Manhattan was designed by architect William Tuthill and founded by Andrew Carnegie. It is one of the most famous concert halls in the whole world, and it was built in 1891. It has no steel framework in its structure. It is widely known for its acoustics, which have attracted important classical and modern musicians from around the world.
National Centre for the Performing Arts
This building in Beijing is better known as “The Giant Egg”, and it was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Its titanium and glass dome seems to float on its water surroundings. Its opera house was closely designed to host the most demanding productions and preserve the sound quality. If you enjoy both architecture and music, this building is a place you must visit at least once in your lifetime.
Guangzhou Opera House
This Chinese building was designed by Zaha Hadid READ Zaha Hadid’s Legacy and it was finished in 2010. Its shape resembles river valleys and the way they flow and evolve, it was inspired by the local landscape. It is made of steel and each space is reinforced by a sophisticated acoustic system especially developed for this venue.
Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
This concert hall resembles a wooden pyramid with interiors of oak that are focused on creating the best acoustic conditions. It has a vault that was meticulously developed in order to achieve the best sound distribution to guarantee an ideal experience for all the members of the audience, no matter where they’re seated.
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