Found project: Aalto-Musiktheater Essen


    Project : Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

    Language variant : Aalto Music Theatre

    Architect : Aalto, Alvar

    Completion: 1988

    Locality : Essen

    Country : Germany

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    The Opera House is sited in a large park. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic are completely separate, and the access to the main entrance is so planned that a great number of automobiles can be accommodated under the Opera’s overhanging roof.

    The audience seating area is an asymmetrical amphitheater with an undulating rear wall of loges and loge-like balconies. With this asymmetrical form, it was the architect’s intention to create a seating area which, in the case of a small audience, would not appear empty. By this means, also, an extended bank of loges was achieved.

    The audience seating area consists of two main elements: a dome-like room, kept in a deep-blue color (indigo) and so designed as to easily accommodate both absorbent and reflective acoustical surfaces (dark, neutral colors). Contrasted with this dark background is the wall of loges in white marble, partly massive and partly broken up in a sort of filigree.

    Fleig, Karl (ed): Alvar Aalto. Band I 1922–1962. Les Editions d’Architecture Artemis Zurich 1963, 1970 (3. Auflage), p. 252.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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