Philharmonic
Hall of Szczecin

The project by Barozzi Veiga is one of the five finalists for the Mies Van der Rohe Award 2015
21 / 02 / 2015
 
Located on the same spot where once there was an auditorium which was destroyed during the Second World War, the new Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin brings a concert hall to this Polish city again. The impressive volume imposes its geometry in the middle of its surroundings, emphasized by being completely white, almost as an abstract element that stands out in the middle of the landscape.

The project was conceived by the architecture studio Barozzi Veiga from Barcelona, that won the competition to develop the design for this building. The infrastructure holds a concert hall with a 1000 spectators capacity and chamber music hall able to host 200 people. The new Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin also has multifunctional spaces for conferences and exhibitions.

 
The exterior’s minimalism contrasts with the concert hall's interior, with a golden ceiling where several triangular volumes intersect, a reference to the ornaments found in classical auditoriums. «In accordance with the central European tradition of the classical concert halls, decoration becomes ornament and function», say architects at Barozzi Veiga.

On the outside, the building gains a new life in the evenings when its glass façade is illuminated from the interior.