The House of Music, a new multicultural complex in Aalborg, Denmark designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, opened its doors on March 29th in a ceremony attended by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
The House of Music is both a music school and a concert hall. Architect Wolf D. Prix explains the project concept as architecture promoting ongoing exchange between students and teachers, between spectators and artists.
The music school spaces are arranged in a U shape around the concert hall.
This layout is clearly visible from outside the building, where the volumes of the school seem to embrace the concert hall, containing its flowing shape in a rigid geometry.
The big foyer fits into this composition as a dynamic space for use in a variety of different ways, with large glass surfaces establishing visual connections between the different spaces.
Design: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Images courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, ph. Renee Jeppesen, Martin Schubert, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU