Project team:

Client: Danish Radio, Copenhagen/DK
Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris/F
Light art / projections: Atelier Yann Kersalé, Paris/F
Architectural lighting design: Light Makers AS / Zumtobel Group


Products applied:

Lighting solution for the foyer:
“Concretelights”: Zumtobel, custom design
Light lines: Zumtobel, “Zig-Zag”, custom design
Gobo projectors: ALW
Starry sky installation: LEDs, Ledon

20. Sep 2009

Danish Radio Concert Hall:
yet another magnificent cultural project for Copenhagen/DK

Text: Prof. Susanne Brenninkmeijer
Photos: Torben Petersen, Bjarne Bergius Hermansen, Agnete Schlichtkrull, Laura Stamer, Philipe Ruault

The design of the Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen/DK shows us that architect Jean Nouvel – besides all the other things he does – reads novels. The new building was to look like the meteorite that fell out of the sky in Peter Høeg’s award-winning book “Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow”. The clients could not have been more stunned if they had witnessed the meteorite landing themselves – the costs for what is now rated as the most expensive concert hall in the world doubled during the construction phase. Whether this huge investment was worth it remains to be seen. One thing is for sure: after the building of the new opera house and the new extension to the Royal Library, Copenhagen has acquired yet another valuable cultural asset – and a further architectural jewel for the world to marvel at. The Danish Radio Concert Hall comprises another exemplary project from light artist Yann Kersalé, which will provide the lighting community with food for thought and perhaps even controversial debate.

The new “Koncerthuset” is situated on Amager Island in a new quarter of the City of Copenhagen called Ørestad, which was formerly a military firing range. The new part of town is linked to the city centre via Denmark’s first underground railway, but there are not many people actually living there yet. There are plans to generate 50,000 jobs and 20,000 housing units in the new quarter in the future, but this is not yet very visible. That said, there is evidence of new development on every corner. A students’ hall of residence has just been built next to the IT University and the Faculty of Humanistic Studies at the University of Copenhagen to ensure there is activity in the area round the clock. The somewhat empty Amager Island actually makes for an excellent location for the concert hall. In the overall ensemble that goes by the name of “DR byen”, which basically means “Denmark’s Radio City”, the concert hall is the fourth besides three other buildings designed by different architects. You might say it is the last unit to complete the ensemble that comprises the different functions covered by Danish Radio which had formerly been located in different parts of town. This is now the headquarters of Danish Radio, complete with production centres and studios. Jean Nouvel’s cube sits quietly but visibly next to three other large-scale buildings with very different facades, swathed in dark background-blue and revealing its comprehensive inner life to the discerning viewer. It fits perfectly in this location – but you won’t find any concert-goers dressed in black walking the streets in Ørestad. You can feel there is life here – but it is real life mixed with culture and the media. […]

The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 68.

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