Conceived as the french capital’s first great concert hall, the Philharmonie de Paris opened last january. The building was designed by acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel.
The £280 million building, located in the city’s Parc de La Villette, features a multi-tonal facade of interlocking bird-shaped tiles that extend across both wall and ground surfaces. Do you want to take a tour around the exterior of Philharmonie de Paris?
Jean Nouvel won a competition to design the building back in 2007.
Unlike the angular exterior, this space is framed by curving forms that include cascading balconies that wrap around the stage.
The bird mosaic is repeated throughout the scheme. The angular structure climbs to a total height of 52 meters.
The sheltered entrance leads to an internal foyer.
Inaugurated on 14 January 2015, the Philharmonie 1 is a mineral building with innovative forms, rising up like a hill within the Parc de la Villette.
The architect of Paris’s new Philharmonie concert hall, Jean Nouvel, promised that it would be “one of the most remarkable symphonic buildings existing.”
The acoustics have been praised for their clarity and transparency (thanks to the work of four groups of acoustical engineers), with a warm resonance provided by the vast volume of the space, while retaining a sense of intimacy – you can almost sit close enough to read the percussionist’s score.
The birds in aluminium sheeting are installed on the façades’ to symbolize a grand take-off. The rooftop, 37 metres high, will be in the near term open to the public, visitors would have an expansive view of the city blending into the suburbs.
The aluminium swirls wrapped tightly around the concert hall contrast with the rest of its matt exterior. The exterior façade covering is composed of 340,000 birds, divided into seven different shapes and four shades ranging from light grey to black.
The building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, has a spiraling aluminum form that surrounds the central concert hall, contrasting an angled matt envelope that is coated in a repeated bird mosaic. Primarily designed to house the Paris Orchestra, the complex is part of a greater educational vision with a program that includes a 2,400 seat auditorium, six rehearsal studios, classrooms for workshops, as well as an exhibition gallery and café.
The site acts as a bridge between the city center and the adjacent suburbs, a notion reflected in the interior, where the intimate seating wraps around the stage.