Color which is perceived trough electromagnetic wave frequency(also the length of this wave), can be associated with certain sounds. (sound is the frequency for an acoustic wave).
So, for example color red has the lowest frequency, but has the longest length of the wave. Therefore, if we look at the rainbow colors the color at the other end has the highest frequency and the shortest wave.
I introduced this comparison of light and sound, because I would like to discuss two concert halls to compare their architecture and concept of the concert hall interior.
First in the row is concert Hall “BIMHUIS” in Amsterdam, built already for 10 years. Author of the project team is the Dutch team “3XN”.
The Structure of the building is simple, concrete box, glass facade, on the right side building has an extra entrance, which is supported with a separately standing structure.
Gathering various functional zones under one “flying roof” is not that innovative, we can find similar space solving elements in various projects, one of the notable example for that is Lucerne culture and congress center by Jean Nouvel.
Here, transparency is achieved on the highest level. Solid concrete box is circled by the three transparent facades, large atrium with main staircase and other facilities are filled with daylight.
Unique about this concert hall is that, the main hall, with the capacity of 800 persons, which looks like an austere concrete box from outside, transforms into very interesting space from inside. In particular, here the visitors while hearing the music can visually perceive it. The unusual lighting system behind the wood paneling can flood the room in colored light by changing the tone of the music.
The second concert hall which is very similar to this one, by its architecture and concept is Harpa Concert Hall (Reykjavik, Iceland). This is considerably older project, it was completed in 2011. This building was completed years after, in 2011.The facade is the result of collaboration of Henning Larsen Studio with Danish light artist Olafur Eliasson. The interior of the red concert hall is made by Batteriið Architects.
Facade here is also transparent. The interesting detail is the facade element based on concept of a crystal. Natural lighting plays the key role in visual experience of the facade. a number of the glass elements are fitted with a special dichromatic glass that in certain lighting conditions reflect hues of either green, yellow or orange and their complementary colors.
The main theme in the interior, as in previous example, is glass facade, lofty space filled with daylight, but in this case interior is filled with large staircases.
As for the concert hall itself, we will feature the biggest, which is fully decorated in red color.
This two concert halls have one in common, in both projects the color is used to increase the impression and the experience of the music.
In the first case interior has neutral colors, walls are decorated with wooden panels and colors come only with the music.
In the second example we have aggressive red color, which already affects people, in general red color is known for activating human attention, awakening mentally and emotionally.
Presented examples demonstrate, how color and sound can coexist and reinforce each other in an architecture. In case of both projects in order to achieve desired result color is used as a mechanism to
P.S. I think, this spaces would be exceptionally interesting for the synthetics.
Author: Tata Gachechiladze