An interesting question that is emerging for architects, is how to marry more recent works (within the last 80-100 years) with the new, ultra-modern/ contemporary architectures we create today. It is no longer modernity playing off of and against historical buildings (A steel building playing counterpoint off of a brick or stone one) Now we are faced with new steel + old steel- it’s less clear.
Parc de la Villette, a series of ‘Follies’- constructs of and for architectural delight, is one of the icons of architecture within the last hundred years. The proposal ‘Unfolding Vision, Unfolding Sound- A New Concert Hall of the Philharmonie de Paris’, designed by Jungmin Nam at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is located along the south-eastern edge of the park- encouraging a continuation of the discourse which the park begins. People walking through and by the park are offered with a ‘means of association’ with the concert hall acting as a bridging structure between park and city beyond. According to the architect, the building acts as a narrator, offering ‘unfolding views toward the park, neighborhoods, and the city, enhancing their visual experience and a sense of place.’
The existing promenades of the park extend and slope down to bring visitors into the reception area, from which they can choose a multitude of possible destinations. Below, the hall offers an exhibition hall and a ‘music discovery area’, while moving upward from reception will bring occupants through continuous, unfolding promenades until reaching the Grand Foyer and the Main Concert Hall. The architect notes that along journeys through the building, ‘visitors go through visual, tangible and acoustic experience’. Unfolding Vision, Unfolding Sound is the result of, among other things, the intertwining of visual with acoustic to create a more whole sense of place and being.
© Jungmin Nam