Avenue Kennedy (02:09)
The Luxembourg Philharmonie was inaugurated in 2005 on the Kirchberg plateau; two large curves define the shape of the central building.
Christian de Portzamparc (02:52)
See several buildings designed by Portzamparc. In 1995, he became the only French architect to receive the Pritzker Prize. He describes the skin of the Philharmonie; see the "filter" facade.
Open Public Space (01:37)
Visitors enter through wider spaced columns and wander through the reception hall. See the foyer that encompasses the building. Portzamparc believes architecture is an experiment with time.
Main Auditorium (02:27)
Portzamparc placed a "shoe box" in the middle of the building. The Musikverein inspired the acoustic design. The seats are on the same axis as the stage; the side walls are divided into four towers.
Philharmonie Acoustical Qualities (02:59)
Computer modeling and acoustician Xu Yaying made the main auditorium an acoustic masterpiece. Learn about the auditorium's acoustical elements.
Philharmonie Levels (02:38)
A compartment with two sets of doors insulates the auditorium from exterior noise. The doors can be reached by a 250 meter curving bridge. A succession of cliffs and riffs conceals the auditorium towers' volume.
Moving Through the Foyer (01:09)
Column ranks casting shadows, cliffs, and riffs, help visitors to discover movement.
Philharmonie Offices (01:15)
In the competition entry, Portzamparc put the offices on the roof. During technical studies he decided to put the offices in four towers. The top level houses a terrace.
Philharmonie Roof (00:47)
The concrete walls of the main auditorium and the filter columns support the steel framed roof. A narrow skylight allows natural lighting.
Box Office and Chamber Music Auditorium (02:21)
Large white volumes set beside the edifice dialogue with the filter. Learn about the two structures' features and Portzamparc's inspiration.
Inside the Chamber Music Auditorium (02:24)
The entrance into the auditorium is the only thing that disturbs the column alignment. Learn about the practical and aesthetic features inside the hall.
Desire for Movement (02:29)
Learn about the interplay between the Philharmonie's three structures and the neon tubes. Portzamparc wanted to make the building a flagship for the area.
Credits: The Luxembourg Philharmonie: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:27)
Credits: The Luxembourg Philharmonie: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture
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