Zaha Hadid Architects have been selected by the jury of the international design competition to build the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia, an impressive cultural hub that follows the form of a sound wave.
Considered the capital of the Urals, the city of Yekaterinburg is Russia’s third-largest economy. Its population has increased by over 10% in the past decade to 1.5 million, and the city continues to grow as the meeting point connecting Europe and Asia, attracting the many cultures and industries from across Eurasia. Yekaterinburg has built a rich musical tradition and the city’s acclaimed Ural Philharmonic Orchestra has performed in more than 20 countries. The orchestra’s new home will provide an inspirational venue to meet the increasing popularity of the orchestra’s programme of concerts and also create a new public plaza for people within the city.
Providing a 1,600-seat Concert Hall and a 400-seat Chamber Music Hall of the highest acoustic standards, the new auditoria is nestled within the surface deformations of the suspended canopy. The transparent glass facade offers views of the renovated gardens that includes an amphitheatre for outdoor performances throughout the summer. The new design revives and enhances this commendable civic legacy; its spaces designed to function as a centre of Yekaterinburg’s civic, social and cultural life.