Architects In Love: magma architecture Love Berlin / Architectuul / 2013

Architects In Love: magma architecture Love Berlin / Architectuul / 2013


Footnotes

“He was very much interested in these landscape metaphors in order to describe the formal qualities,” Wang told me. “But the simple idea is music at the center, the conductor being the geometric center of the whole building. If you like, it’s a reversal of the panopticon. In a panopticon, one person is in control, watching everyone else. But here, the audience is watching the conductor and the orchestra.”
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“A complete orchestra consists of about 120 musicians,” Wang explained, “In the Philharmonie, each block of seats consists of 120 to 150 members of the audience. So, you get this kind of equivalence in number of distributed groups of people. This is wholly unlike this ‘undifferentiated mass’ seating system that classical auditoriums tend to have. And that was a very important aspect of Scharoun’s desire to break down the barriers between the musicians and the audience in order to create an equivalence of people’s presence in the space.” 
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Sources

◼︎ Love Letter to the Berlin Philharmonic / Michael Scaturro / The Atlantic / 2013


Cathedrals of Culture: Berlin Philharmonic (Clip) / Wim Wenders / 2014

Cathedrals of Culture: Berlin Philharmonic (Clip) / Wim Wenders / 2014

New Philharmonic Hall In Berlin / British Pathé / 1963

New Philharmonic Hall In Berlin / British Pathé / 1963