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Philharmonie de Paris
Type: Live Music
Newly opened (January 2015) and long-awaited, Paris feels like it finally has the grand-scale concert hall deserving of its world-class status. Seating accommodates a stated 2,400 spectators and its... Read More
Newly opened (January 2015) and long-awaited, Paris feels like it finally has the grand-scale concert hall deserving of its world-class status. Seating accommodates a stated 2,400 spectators and its location on the Cité du Musique, in the uppermost northern part of the city, assures that it is a special outing to visit the vast new space. The Grande Salle, the main symphonic hall, boasts an architectural design uniquely its own. It is based on the concept of envelopment. This design required innovations in acoustical engineering and can be described as two nested chambers. Architect Jean Nouvel worked closely with acoustics engineer Sir Harold Marshall to create this feat of musical intimacy in such a vast hall. Seats are a roomy 52 to 55 cm. (20.5 to 21.5 inches wide).
- Live Music: "The overriding vision here is to make music enjoyed in a superior concert hall accessible to as wide an audience as possible. As part of this social programming, there is even on-site babysitting for the little ones for the frequent concerts held during the day."
- Best for Live Music Because: The building and and finalization of this grand architectural and cultural accomplishment had been on hold for 20 years before opening in January 2015.