Barcelona-based architecture studio Barozzi Veiga completed a glass-clad Polish concert hall that resembles an enormous cluster of white quartz embedded in the earth. Topped by a series of sharply pitched gables, the dramatic building profile drew inspiration from the Polish city Szczecin’s “fragmented urban profile” and is complemented by a theatrical and prismatic interior. Barozzi Veiga won the design bid for the Szczecin Philharmonie concert hall seven years ago.
Wrapped in a translucent ribbed-glass facade, the nearly 140,000-square-foot concert hall is filled with abundant natural light during the day and glows like a bright white lantern at night. Barozzi Veiga drew inspiration from the form of a musical organ, and sculpted the building mass in a similar fashion with many thin vertical elements amassed into a single impressive form. The multistory venue consists of a 1,000-seat symphony hall, a smaller chamber music hall with 200 spectator seats, and a variety of other meetings rooms.
Although much of the interior is mostly kept white and minimalist, the main symphony hall features a dramatic and textured design. Angled triangular panels and patterns protrude from the hall’s ceilings and walls, and are covered in rich and reflective gold leaf. These ornamental yet functional panels were “composed following a Fibonacci sequence whose fragmentation increases with the distance from the scene,” write the designers. “[It] gives shape to an ornamental space which reminds of the classical tradition through its gold-leaf covering.”
Images via Barozzi Veiga, (c) Simon Menges