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BUILDING
 
 
Musikkens Hus
House of Music
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DESIGNER
 
 
Coop Himmelb(l)au
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DESCRIPTION
 
Wolf D. Prix
"The idea behind the building can already be read from the outer shape. The school embraces the concert hall."
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Coop Himmelb(l)au House of Music Aalborg
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Coop Himmelb(l)au House of Music AalborgU-shaped rehearsal and training rooms are arranged around the core of the ensemble, a concert hall for about 1,300 visitors. A generous foyer connects these spaces and opens out with a multi-storey window area onto an adjacent cultural space and a fjord. Under the foyer, three more rooms of various sizes complement the space: the intimate hall, the rhythmic hall, and the classic hall. Through multiple observation windows, students and visitors can look into the concert hall from the foyer and the practice rooms and experience the musical events, including concerts and rehearsals.
The concert hall
Coop Himmelb(l)au House of Music AalborgThe flowing shapes and curves of the auditorium inside stand in contrast to the strict, cubic outer shape. The seats in the orchestra and curved balconies are arranged in such a way that offers the best possible acoustics and views of the stage. The highly complex acoustic concept was developed in collaboration with Tateo Nakajima at Arup. The design of the amorphous plaster structures on the walls and the height-adjustable ceiling suspensions, based on the exact calculations of the specialist in acoustics, ensures for the optimal listening experience. The concert hall will be one of the quietest spaces for symphonic music in Europe, with a noise-level reduction of NR10 (GK10). Thanks to its architectural and acoustic quality, the concert hall is already well-booked: there will be concerts featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with violin soloist Arabella Steinbacher and the Danish National Radio Orchestra with soprano Mojca Erdmann in April.
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Coop Himmelb(l)au House of Music Aalborg
The foyer
Coop Himmelb(l)au House of Music AalborgThe foyer serves as a meeting place for students, artists, teachers, and visitors. Five stories high with stairs, observation balconies, and large windows with views of the fjord, it is a lively, dynamic space that can be used for a wide variety of activities.

For Wolf D. Prix, the "House of Music" is a symbol of the unity between music and architecture: "Music is the art of striking a chord in people directly. Like the body of musical instruments this architecture serves as a resonance body for the creativity in the House of Music."
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
Energy concept
Coop Himmelb(l)au House of Music AalborgInstead of fans, the foyer uses the natural thermal buoyancy in the large vertical space for ventilation. Water-filled hypocaust pipes in the concrete floor slab are used for cooling in summer and heating in winter. The concrete walls around the concert hall act as an additional storage capacity for thermal energy. The fjord is also used for cost-free cooling. The piping and air vents are equipped with highly efficient rotating heat exchangers. Very efficient ventilation systems with low air velocities are attached under the seats in the concert hall.

Air is extracted through a ceiling grid above the lighting system so that any heat produced does not cause a rise in the temperature in the room.

The building is equipped with a building management program that controls the equipment in the building and ensures that no system is active when there is no need for it. In this way, energy consumption is minimized.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Nordjylland
Municipality
Aalborg
Town
Aalborg
Address
Musikkens Plads 1
 
 
Telephone
+45.60203000
Website
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TYPOLOGY
 
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ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Schools
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Streets and squares
Pedestrian areas, promenades
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003 - 2008    
Realisation
2010 - 2014
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AWARDS
 
2015
The Committee for Building Awards in Aalborg

Coop Himmelb(l)au, House of Music AalborgAward is presented for the project’s spectacular architecture at the city’s waterfront

"This building has given music in Aalborg a unique boost. The fine concert hall and recital halls cater for audiences representing a broad spectrum of musical tastes. The building itself is an intricate palette of geometrical shapes decorated by amoeba-like details. Aalborg's new venue of musical celebration fulfils its function to perfection - for musicians, listeners and guests alike. The building's interior provides an intimate atmosphere created by a wealth of attractive elements, such as the great concrete staircase, the large window sections and Jeppe Hein's work of art."

Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, Mayor of Aalborg
2014
Danish Annual Building Award
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"House of Music, Aalborg, Denmark. Coop Himmelb(l)au", GA Document 129, september 2014, pp. 120-141
Matthias Boeckl, "Coop Himmelb(l)au. House of Music, Aalborg", Architektur Aktuell 411, juni/june 2014 [Art & Entertainment], pp. 54-65
"House of Music, Aalborg, Denmark. Coop Himmelb(l)au", GA Document 115, february 2011, pp. 122-129
"North Jutland House of Music. Coop Himmelb(l)au", Architectural Record 2/2010, february 2010, p. 28
"Musikkens Hus i Nordjylland / Competition for the Music House, Nordjylland, Aalborg University. Coop Himmelb(l)au", Arkitekten 7, marts/march 2003, pp. 2-15
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CLIENT
 
 
North Jutland House of Music Foundation
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
net floor sq.m. 17,637
gross floor sq.m. 20,257
Capacity
concert hall 1,298 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Rambøll, Aalborg, Denmark
B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Jeppe Aagaard Andersen
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STAFF
 
Project
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
Principal-in-charge
Wolf D. Prix
Associated partner
Michael Volk
Design architects
Luzie Giencke
Project architect
Marcelo Bernardi, Pete Rose
Interior design
Eva Wolf
Eichinger Offices, Vienna, Austria
CAD coordination
Ronny Böser, Benjamin Schmidt
Design team
Markus Baumann, Wendy Fok, Robin Heather, Ivana Jug, Ariane Marx, Anja Sorger, Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Anna Wasserthal, Philip Wilck
Blaine Lepp, Talya Kozminsky, Hannes Walzl, Morten Grau Jensen, Stephanie Neufeld, Tyler Bornstein, Laura Githa, Julia Gärtner, Jenny Draxlbauer
Plastic models, rendering
Armin Hess/ Isochrom, Vienna
Silkroad, Beijing, China
Jens Mehlan, Jörg Hugo
Architect of record
Friis & Moltke, Aalborg, Denmark
Acoustical consultant
Arup, New York, USA
Theatre consultant
Arup, New York, USA
Mechanical engineer
Nirás, Aalborg, Denmark
Fire safety
Nirás, Aalborg, Denmark
Economic consultant
Davis Langdon LLP, London, UK
Lighting design
Har Hollands, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Rene Jeppesen, Martin Schubert, Aleksandra Pawloff, Coop Himmelb(l)au
Drawings © Coop Himmelb(l)au
Text edited by Coop Himmelb(l)au
Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

Coop Himmelb(l)au House of Music Aalborg



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