Gorgeous Warsaw concert hall takes gold medal at prestigious international design awards
A Warsaw concert hall has received a gold medal at the prestigious International Design Awards (IDA) competition.
Consisting of a 305-person hall, a 63-person chamber as well as an organ chamber, a recording studio and 118 classrooms, the Nowa Miodowa (New Honey) concert venue at the Warsaw School of Music was noted for its ‘unique and sustainable’ design.
Announcing the award on its website, the IDA said: “In accordance with the principles of sustainable development, the new music school adapted decaying buildings, giving them a new function.
“Thanks to the unique concert hall, the new facility will become an important place on the cultural map of Warsaw.”
Designed by Katowice-based Konior Studio and Japanese acoustics specialists Nagata Acoustics, the complex consists of two parts - the old and the new – with the original 100-year-old neo-gothic building being refreshed both from the outside and inside, and connected to the new by a glass atrium.
Tomasz Konior from Konior Studio said: "The existing context inspired us to create a background architecture from the outside expressed by the continuation of the structure, scale and rhythms of the existing building, while inside the world full of acoustic details is subordinated to music and silence
"The heart of the whole establishment is the concert hall. This new shape was built on a circular plan and received simple, smooth, austere facades.
“The circular plan of the hall allowed us to build the impression of integration of all users around the music, it also gave the impression of intimacy - the furthest row is only 8 meters from the stage."