Future Landscapes
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Copenhagen

"Mystery is never far from Seduction"

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We can respond positively to an uncertainty by using its most positive attribute, that is, mystery. Mystery is never far from seduction... In other words we need to bring value to the context, whatever it may be... It will be a volume, a mysterious parallelepiped that changes under the light of day and night whose interior can only be guessed at. At night the volume will come alive with images, colors, and lights expressing the life going on inside
— Jean Nouvel, Architect

The DR Koncerthuset was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel for the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. When I first moved here in 2009, I thought that it was still under construction because the outside was covered with scaffolding. Just goes to show how much I know - that scaffolding is actually the facade of the building and it is very much complete. Okay, it doesn't look like much from the outside, but in a typically French fashion there is much more to this building than meets the eye.

Personally I find the total absence of a typical building facade quite a nice move. The blue box lights up at night like a movie screen. Everything important is happening on the inside and there are some really nice details - the lighting, the public areas, the suspended concert hall itself.