Danish yacht design wins Prague’s concert hall contract

Danish yacht design wins Prague’s concert hall contract


norman lebrecht

May 18, 2022

Denmarks Bjarke Ingels architectural group has won the international tender for a Vltava Philharmonic hall on the banks of Prague’s river.

The building will have three auditoria, with 1,800, 700 and 500 seats, as well as the city’s music library.

Completion is scheduled for 2032, which seems a long way off.


  • MacroV says:

    The Rudolfinum is actually a great place to hear an orchestra up close – if you’re not sitting behind a pillar – but it’s too small. It will be great to see the Czech Philharmonic in a good, modern hall. Hopefully it won’t actually take 10 years to design and build.

    • Concertgebouw79 says:

      Right. I have seen several concert in that concert hall on Youtube. And it was always a thing very strange about this place. Concerning the reputation the Czech National Symphony Orchestra there’s no problem. But it’s good to do the samething they did with talent in Budapest. But the pression will be high.

  • guest says:

    Cities build new concert halls with three auditoria while people in the music biz complain they can’t fill the halls they already have. Something got lost in translation.

    • MacroV says:

      Don’t worry, the Czech Philharmonic will fill their hall.

    • Ionut says:

      This is a current problem. Halls last centuries.

      • guest says:

        This is not a current problem, this is a problem we (society) have since the advent of audio recordings, a problem that got progressively worse every time we invented a new form of entertainment. Radio, Movies, TV, internet. It’s going to get much worse before it’s going to get better, _if_ it is going to get better at all.

        Halls didn’t use to last centuries. Halls used to last just until the next fire burned them to the ground, which happened pretty regularly. Since we have electricity this is less of a problem, and also the reason countries are full of halls. Since the late 19th century halls have indeed a chance to last centuries. And because they last centuries we need more? ‘Great’ reasoning. Lots of halls yet somehow the powers that be always find reasons to waste more taxpayer money on a new hall, read some politician’s vanity project. Why renovate an old hall when you can spend significantly more money on a new one, and go over budget too just because everybody else does. After all, you have buddies in the construction business who need to make a living. And twenty or thirty years down the road another politician will whine the hall can’t be filled and because of that – you guess it – we need to build another one. I bet you won’t like my reply but this doesn’t make it less true. People in the classical music business who comment on this site like to live in a bubble and kick right and left every time reality intrudes.

  • M McGrath says:

    What a stunning building! It brings back fond memories of visits to the beautiful Copenhagen opera house on the waterfront. And Oslo’s magnificent house.