We brought you New York two weeks ago, so time for us to visit a sightly different location this week. Here’s a place you’ve probably never heard of, and probably won’t have occasion to visit, called Szczecin. People are discovering this picturesque north polish harbour town thanks to the new Philharmonic Hall. In stark contrast to it’s traditional surroundings, the building is a daring modern design statement. Although it’s caused some controversy, thanks to its bold design, it has certainly been appreciated by the design world, winning the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015. Thanks to the fact my wife was born in Szczecin, and we still visit from time to time, we had the unique privilege to witness certain stages of the building process during construction of this extraordinary structure. But enough about me and Jo. Let’s focus on the building itself.
As mentioned earlier, the exterior has divided opinion, but that stops at the front door; surely nobody can fail to appreciate the interior beauty of this hidden gem.
It is truly a spectacular experience. The space is a sanctuary of minimalism and it feels like entering a ‘temple of culture’. On the right there is a little cafeteria space under the large suspended cube, in which there is a smaller concert hall. Thanks to this spectacular yet clever design, you certainly feel unexpectedly cosy when in the cafeteria, due to the reduced ceiling height.
Next to the cube, a wonderfully impressive circular stairway leads to each floor, ultimately terminating at the main concert hall, which is nothing short of a masterpiece, and out of the league of anything I have seen so far.
Attractive minimalism in its purest form; black and gold, straight forms, clear lines. Now to sit back, relax, and enjoy a some great music.