No. 436 . 22 July 2009 
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Magic Blue Box

by Terri Peters

A giant blue cuboid has sprung up in Copenhagen, Denmark. This striking scaffolding box wrapped in translucent blue fabric is the new Copenhagen Concert Hall.

During the day, the building's blue skin largely conceals the faceted forms within, with peeled-back areas on the sides of the steel-framed box showing that the outside wrapping is more than just an imposing blue billboard. From the right angle, visitors can see vague outlines of the building forms beneath the translucent textile.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel, with acoustic design by noted Japanese consultants Nagata Acoustics, the building is the new permanent home for the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Nouvel's ambitious design balances a complex architectural program comprising four distinct concert spaces, at once ensuring high-quality acoustic performance suitable for multiple music genres and creating a landmark in Ørestad, a new district of Copenhagen under active development.   >>>

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