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Beethoven Festspielhaus: The Latest Architecture and News

Jahn Proposes Concert Hall with Musically-Inspired Screen for Beethoven Festspielhaus Competition

00:00 - 24 November, 2014
Jahn Proposes Concert Hall with Musically-Inspired Screen for Beethoven Festspielhaus Competition, Exterior. Image © Jahn
Exterior. Image © Jahn

Designing an architectural homage to someone like Ludwig Van Beethoven is no easy feat. Yet that’s exactly what architecture firm Jahn has attempted to do. Their design is a submission for a privately-funded competition being held for Bonn, Germany’s new “Beethoven Festspielhaus.” Chosen from a group of over 50 candidates, Jahn’s project was among ten advanced to the second round of consideration. The proposal, a glass exterior encapsulating a concrete interior, exhibits “Beethoven’s own dual character which is described as both extroverted and introverted,” as described by the firm. Learn more about this inventive design, and the competition, after the break.

Chipperfield Among Three Shortlisted Schemes Unveiled for Beethoven House of Music

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Chipperfield Among Three Shortlisted Schemes Unveiled for Beethoven House of Music, David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of Beethoven Festspielhaus
David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of Beethoven Festspielhaus

In 2020, the world will celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven, and soon after the anniversary of his death. In light of this, a new “world-class” concert hall, a “Festspielhaus”, is being planned for the banks of Beethoven’s beloved Rhine River in his hometown of Bonn, Germany. More than 50 practices were considered in the pulmonary selection process, following a shortlist of ten, and now three final proposals by David Chipperfield Architects, kadawittfeldarchitektur and Valentiny hvp architects have been selected to move on to the competition’s final round.

“The new Festspielhaus will not only bring Beethoven’s music to life, it will serve as an international “house of music” that brings together diverse genres – from classical to crossover to pop – and attracts music lover of all ages,” stated the competition organizer. 

The privately-funded “Beethovenhalle” is planned for completion in 2019. You can review the top three final designs after the break, alongside the seven other shortlisted proposals - by Zaha Hadid, UNStudio, Snøhetta, and more - they were selected over.