Aalborg, Denmark, 2014

With a typology influenced by Le Corbusier’s La Tourette, the House of Music, designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, was designed as a simple, yet powerful, courtyard building. By wrapping the music school around the concert hall, and allowing the public spaces to spill into each other, a hybrid architecture is formed.

As featured in the first film of this series, the foyer acts as the main artery and becomes a crossing point between the different cultural, educational and commercial functions.  This shared energy animates the building throughout the day, allowing the potential for an exchange of ideas and knowledge between artists, educators, students and audiences.

“It is just as important to see music being played as it is to hear it.  Seeing an orchestra play Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is not only exciting, but it brings the emotion of music to another level.”  By cross-pollinating the school and concert hall, students can become influenced on a daily basis, making the House of Music become a resonating body for creativity.