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Thursday, January 08, 2009

NPRSO Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland

Local firm wins with design for National Orchestra concert hall in Katowice

The architectural competition to design the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s (NPRSO’s) concert hall has been won by Konior Studio, a local firm preaching ‘architecture in context’. The 1.34 million sq m of area in Katowice, Poland, and inclusive building will now be developed to create the ‘best solution for the new seat of the National Symphony Orchestra’ as according to the Konior design.

Konior’s design hopes to achieve a ‘unique municipal sequence’, a ‘culture route with a Garden of Arts’, whilst adhering to the cost, function and architectural quality stated in the competition guidelines. Acoustic considerations have been incorporated into the design with insulation and a grand glass entrance adds architectural prestige.

Despite winning the competition however judges advised Konior that there should be amendments to the main facades to ensure the grandeur of the building reflects the significance of the Orchestra to national culture.

Netherlands architecture firm Group A's design was also commended during the competition receiving an honourable mention for its integration within the wider context of its surroundings.

Niki May Young
News Editor
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