Architectural competitions for important
commissions take place behind closed doors, and
the competing projects are rarely exhibited in a
group show to the public. So it is interesting to see
how the six projects nominated for Paris's
forthcoming Philharmonic are being presented
together in a free exhibition.
The high-profile competition, won by Ateliers Jean
Nouvel in Paris, features several star architects
working today: Zaha Hadid, Christian de
Portzamparc, Francis Soler
MVRDV and Coop Himmelb(l)au. The brief was to
design a landmark Philharmonic that would have
2,400 seats. While the primary function is to hold
symphonies, the Philharmonic will also stage jazz
and world music concerts. The result of the
competition was announced in May, and the
building is due for completion in 2012. The
commission follows on from Ateliers Jean Nouvel's
Symphony Hall in Copenhagen and the Cultural
and Congress Center in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Situated in the Parc de la Villette designed by
Bernard Tschumi, the venue is in an upcoming,
lively area in northeastern Paris. No doubt the city
of Paris is hopeful that the Philharmonic will draw
more investment and cultural interest.

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