Music and its spaces

Print edition : June 27, 2014

A view of the chamber music hall of the Philharmonie. Photo: manfred brueckels

Hans Scharoun, the architect of the concert hall of the Philharmonie. He was a visionary of extraordinary imagination and technical capability.

In the chamber music hall of the Philharmonie. The orchestra is placed at the centre of the hall rather than at one end. The seating is an asymmetrical but carefully planned arrangement which provides an unimpeded view from all angles, while the excellence of the sound quality is retained everywhere. Photo: MANFRED BRUECKELS

Thick smoke billows out of the roof of the Philharmomie on May 20, 2008, after a fire broke out while a concert was underway. Photo: STEFANIE DODEL/AFP

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