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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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In 1995, the city of Luxembourg decided to have a large concert hall built on the Kirchberg plateau. The challenge for the architect was to associate three major public performance areas in the same complex, a large philharmonic hall, a chamber music auditorium and a space for discovery. The architect, Christian de Portzamparc made this hall into a great musical instrument. Elliptic in shape, the Philharmonie with its filter of white columns and colored cliffs, opens into the main auditorium that nestles like a jewel in its box. One of the architect's most beautiful buildings.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL65337

ISBN: 978-1-60057-648-5

Copyright date: ©2008

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