Bonn won’t get new Beethoven hallmain
The sudden withdrawal of Deutsche Post DHL has left advanced plans for a new concert hall in Bonn in tatters. The postal company said there was ‘no public solidarity for the project’ and no obvious benefit for sponsors.
The organising committee, which had persuaded the city to allocate land for the hall and commissioned a David Chipperfield design, described the Post’s withdrawal as ‘a gigantic embarrassment’.
The hall was due to be opened in 2020, on the composer’s 250th birthday. That plan is now dead.
On the plus side, the proposed design was really dull – London’s South Bank, only sleepier.