Building Resonance: The Great Music Halls of France

There are many parallels between music and architecture. Each art explores ideas of rhythm and structure, order and space. They are intimately connected to human experience and sequence as acts of orchestration and assembly. Architecture has long been designed to support the experience of concerts and musical events, from the acoustics of gothic churches to modern installations at Burning Man. These spaces include both quieter studios for individual musical reflection and study, and designs that consider broader connections between audience and performance. Here, architecture dramatically shapes experience. Following our first article on music venues in the UK, the second feature in our Building Resonance Series showcases France’s new music halls. Built across multiple scales, the designs contrast streamlined façades with expressive interiors. Formed with programs for learning, listening and performance, they explore how sound can define space. Setting the stage for interaction and connection, the designs build resonance through harmony and music. Le 106 by atelier d’architecture King Kong, Rouen, France Hangar 106 transforms a shipping warehouse into an arena for contemporary music. Symbolizing Rouen’s regeneration, the project features industrial materials like Cor-Ten steel and zinc cladding alongside ...
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