The city of Szczecin was German from 1919, when the region of Pomerania was divided between Germany and the new Polish state, up to 1945. As such, it suffered heavy Allied bombings during World War II, and lost much of its urban heritage. The new Philharmonic Hall reconstructs the corner on which the Konzerthaus was built in 1884, to serve as Szczecin’s main concert hall until it was reached by a bomb. The new building takes from its predecessor in the geometry of its roofs and the predominance of the vertical form, but distances itself from the past by taking on a luminous glassy skin.
Inside, the existence of a perimeter ring accommodating all the service spaces made it possible to create a large void for a symphonic hall seating an audience of 1,000, a chamber music hall for 200, a multipurpose space for exhibitions and conferences, and a huge foyer. The circulations are resolved through the formation of a continuous promenade connecting functions and levels.
From a compositional point of view, the dominant formal purity is broken by the explosion of expressivity that defines the main hall, where a motif based on the Fibonacci sequence and whose fragmentation increases the distance from the stage gives shape to an ornamented space which, with its gold leaf coating, recalls classical tradition.
Sala de conciertos Mieczyslaw Karlowicz en Szczecin (Polonia).
City of Szczecin.
Barozzi Veiga / Fabrizio Barozzi, Alberto Veiga.
P. Jansen, A. Samsel, M. Grzadziel, P. Jossen, C. Lucena, I. Mayor, C. Porta, R. Sousa / Studio A4, Jacek Lenart (arquitecto local local architect).
BOMA, FORT POLSKA (estructuras structures); GLA Engineering, ELSECO, ANOCHE Iluminación Arquitectónica (instalaciones installations); Higini Arau (acústica acoustics); Ferrés Arquitectos y Consultores (fachada facade).