From Harbin’s sinuous new opera concert house to gilded European institutions, we have amazing concert halls for you to see today at you favorite Blog Design Limited Edition.
1. The first World’s Best Concert Halls, planned for development in 2010 and now newly opened, Harbin Opera House has instantly become the most impressive cultural attraction in the northern Chinese city of Harbin. Designed by Beijing-based MAD Architects, the sinuous opera concert house’s striking aesthetic is inspired by the surrounding region’s “untamed wilderness and frigid climate”.Supposedly resembling a wooden block that has been gently eroded, the grand theater seats over 1,600 patrons and is partly illuminated by a subtle skylight that gently reminds the audience of the passage of time.
2. Opened in January 2015, the 2,400-seat Philharmonie de Paris took eight years to develop and, at £300m, came in three times over its initial budget.
Startlingly modern in comparison to the continent’s traditional concert halls, it was designed by Jean Nouvel and is found in the city’s 19th arrondissement.
3. The ceiling of Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. The colorful building has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site and draws admiring visitors even outside of performance times.
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5. With its silhouette recognized the world over, the Sydney Opera House is indisputably one of Australia’s most impressive buildings.
6. In Paris, the ornate Beaux-Arts-style Palais Garnier opera house is named after its architect Charles Garnier. Inaugurated in 1875, it remains one of the world’s most lavish and flamboyant cultural venues.
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7. A Los Angeles landmark, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was designed by Frank Gehry and is home to the LA Phil.