Zaha Hadid Architects have been chosen by the jury of the international design competition to build the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in the capital of the Russia Urals, Yekaterinburg.
Zaha Hadid Architects where chosen out of 47 international proposals in the design competition organised by the Ministry of Construction and Infrastructure Development of the Sverdlovsk Region.
The site of the concert hall sits between heritage building and the Weiner Gardens, but it’s designed not to compete with these historical spaces. Instead the new building with glazed facades and contoured exterior landscaping will seamless merge and connect the various areas into one.
The design of the building which will house a 1600-seat concert hall and 400-seat chamber music hall is based on the vibrations of sound waves – curved, undulating surfaces create organic, perfectly calibrated acoustic spaces under a suspended canopy.
The glazed facade breaks down the barrier between interior and exterior and the lobby welcomes the public not only into the symphony orchestra’s home, but also into an inviting space intended to be a place of vibrant civic, social and cultural life.
The current Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall dates back to 1936, with the orchestra playing to full houses all year round. As Dmitry Liss the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra explains, “For musicians, this new hall is crucial. It will be a music instrument that brings the sound to life.”
According to Christos Passas the Project Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, Russian public spaces were a great influence on the late Zaha Hadid, “From early in her career, Zaha was attracted to the Russian avant-garde who conceived civic spaces as urban condensers that catalyse a public realm of activity to enrich creativity and community; allowing space itself to enhance our understanding and well-being.”
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