It has been decided what the Concert Hall of the Belgrade Philharmonic will look like

The winner of the competition for the conceptual design of the Concert Hall of the Belgrade Philharmonic, which organized the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) at the request of the Government of Serbia, is studio Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) from London.

Amanda Levete Architects (Photo: UNDP / Amanda Levete Architects)

AL_A ​​is an award-winning architectural studio founded by architect Amanda Levit, winner of the British FISH Sterling Award. AL_A ​​leads an international team that includes landscape designers from VDLA (Van Dyke Landscape Architects, Inc.), engineers from the Portuguese company AFA Consult and local architects from the Belgrade studio Zabriskie, while Arup continues his role in the field of acoustic design.

Amanda Levit, director of AL_A, says she will concert hall to be an expression of harmony between nature, architecture and music, at the pivotal point in Europe where East and West meet.

– It will be a place where people from all regions and cultures, of all ages and skills, will gather to enjoy music of all genres.

Amanda Levete Architects (Photo: UNDP / Amanda Levete Architects)

Amanda Levete Architects (Photo: UNDP / Amanda Levete Architects)

Explaining the concept further, she pointed out that it is now more important than ever to reconcile the tension between nature and cities.

– We do it here by imagining the Concert Hall of the Belgrade Philharmonic as an expression of harmony. Harmony between building and natural space, between east and west, between old and new, between generations and between cultures.

Amanda Levete Architects (Photo: UNDP / Amanda Levete Architects)

Amanda Levete Architects (Photo: UNDP / Amanda Levete Architects)

The Concert Hall of the Belgrade Philharmonic consists of four main spatial units: large concert halls, recital halls, creative center and podium, each with a different character, celebrating different musical genres, attracting different audiences and encouraging different activities. These four spatial units surround the social space that forms the heart of the Belgrade Philharmonic Concert Hall, with common auxiliary rooms located below the newly created city square.

Bevk Perovic architects (Photo: UNDP / Bevk Perovic architects)

Bevk Perovic architects (Photo: UNDP / Bevk Perovic architects)

Through this space, we create a building without front and back, which results in an architectural panorama. The building and the new internal common social space gather under a canopy that stretches in every place, softly leaning between them. Through this expressive form, the building speaks of the movement of music.

The materiality of this cover will create ripple effect reflecting the colorful waters of the Danubereflecting a landscape that changes with the change of seasons and hinting at a new cultural monument.

As the next step, the AL_A team will work on the preparation of technical documentation, which is divided into three phases, in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Serbia on Construction and Planning, it is stated on the website of the Belgrade Philharmonic.

Bevk Perovic architects (Photo: UNDP / Bevk Perovic architects)

Bevk Perovic architects (Photo: UNDP / Bevk Perovic architects)

Future the concert hall of the Belgrade Philharmonic will be unique in the Balkans, designed in accordance with the best international practice, is stated on the UNDP website. The facility will feature a number of different spaces for rehearsals, rehearsals and creative performances, including a symphony concert hall with 1,600 seats for audiences and 400 seats for orchestra and choir.

– The goal of UNDP is to design the Concert Hall of the Belgrade Philharmonic contribute to the social, economic and environmental development of the country – it is added.

Planned the location of the building is in New Belgrade next to the Palace of Serbiain Block 13, is stated on the website of the Belgrade Philharmonic.

Diller Scofidio Renfro (Foto: UNDP / Diller Scofidio i Renfro)

Diller Scofidio Renfro (Foto: UNDP / Diller Scofidio i Renfro)

The concert hall of the Belgrade Philharmonic is the largest cultural investment in the region in decades. Located next to the historic Palace of Serbia in New Belgrade, the project represents an exceptional commitment to building a brighter, more sustainable future of the city according to the vision of Ivan Tasovac, it is added.

– We are delighted with the solution of AL_A studio, a design that not only celebrates the uniqueness of our orchestra, but also provides an accessible, special and attractive place for social gatherings in the Serbian capital that celebrates Belgrade’s lifestyle as a European metropolis and the new home of the Belgrade Philharmonic. is Darko Krstić, acting director of the Belgrade Philharmonic.

Diller Scofidio Renfro (Foto: UNDP / Diller Scofidio i Renfro)

Diller Scofidio Renfro (Foto: UNDP / Diller Scofidio i Renfro)

The competition for the best architectural solution was conducted in 2021, with the desire to attract world-famous design houses. As a result, 37 applications were received from 15 different countries. After the pre-qualification process, which included the fulfillment of technical and other public procurement criteria, eight companies were shortlisted and continued to compete in the next phase, they explain.

– The applications for the competition were based on the project task prepared by the consultants for strategic planning in the field of arts and culture from the ARUP, and the Detailed Regulation Plan adopted by the City of Belgrade in 2018. The jury evaluated six proposals in the final phase of the competition. A UNDP representative chaired the jury that selected the winner of this competition. The jury was composed of nine members, including international and local architects, experts in the field of designing concert halls and conducting competitions, as well as representatives of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the City of Belgrade and the Belgrade Philharmonic.

Snohetta Oslo (Photo: UNDP / Snohetta Oslo)

Snohetta Oslo (Photo: UNDP / Snohetta Oslo)

Other participants were: Bevk Perovic Architects, Estudio Lamela, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, MVRDV and Snohetta Oslo.

The International Architectural Competition for the Conceptual Design of the Belgrade Philharmonic Concert Hall in 2021 was organized in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Public Investment Office, the City of Belgrade and the Belgrade Philharmonic.


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