One of three shortlisted European architecture firms will soon bring Beethoven's music to life with a new state-of-the-art concert hall in Bonn, Germany. To celebrate the famous German composer's upcoming 250th birthday in 2020, a privately funded design competition solicited designs for a “Beethoven Festspielhaus” from over 50 practices, and the final proposals have just been selected. The three firms that will move on to the competition's final round include David Chipperfield Architects, kadawittfeldarchitektur, and Valentiny hvp architects.
German practice kadawittfeldarchitektur’s design brings “harmony between [the] new hall and its surroundings” with a curvilinear banded volume that rises upwards like a dramatic cloud. Inside, the architects inverted the building’s exterior shape and created a vineyard-style amphitheater concert hall that sinks down into the ground.
In contrast to kadawittfeldarchitektur’s proposal, British architect Chipperfield envisioned the concert hall as a series of cuboidal structures made from white spun concrete supports. The crystalline form was inspired by the site’s medieval town-wall history and its transition to an important cultural hub. The concert hall, which is located at the heart of the complex, is lined with grained walnut veneer walls.
Luxemburg-based Valentiny hvp architects created a wave-shaped volume with glazed ends that overlook the Rhine River on one side and the cityscape on the other. The crested forms are repeated inside, where organic, free-flowing shapes replace traditional angular forms. Banded skylights filter natural light into the building.
These top three finalists beat out the proposals of other high-profile design firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio, and Snohetta. The Beethoven music hall is planned for completion in 2019.
Images via Beethoven Festspielhaus