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The new Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin

ArcelorMittal Construction Poland supplied steel for the new Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, Poland, winner of the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, one of the most important European architecture awards.

Our products serving both structural and weight reduction purposes

ArcelorMittal Construction Poland supplied a substantial part of the profiles, i.e. 6,800 m² of trapezoidal, corrugated profiles and flat sheets (from Haironville) for the building’s façade and 675 m² of composite flooring deck Cofraplus® 60. The architects already knew our products and trusted their quality and performance, and that was a decisive advantage in our favour.  

As steel was chosen for the structure, they logically turned to Cofraplus® with a durable thin interior coating of 12 microns. More importantly, as the floor has been applied over the entire main hall, thus having a large span, the architects looked for the most light-weight solution. Here again, Cofraplus® 60 came out best in class as it offers a weight reduction of over 80 kg/ m² compared to monolithic concreted reinforced slabs.

The 4th largest music hall in Poland

Built between 2011 and 2014, the concert hall covers a surface of 12,734 m² on 4 storeys, including two underground car parks offering 157 parking spaces. Two concert halls can be found inside the building:

  • one of 180 m² (the fourth largest music hall in Poland), which can welcome 953 spectators, a 120 member orchestra and a 110 member choir. The 3,000m² interior walls, covered in gold imitation remind of an origami and reflect natural light.
  • one of 192 seats designed as a black box and made to host small concerts and performances. At night the building illuminates like a glowing crystal thanks to a LED lighting system installed between the sheets.

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture is awarded every two years to acknowledge and reward quality architectural projects in Europe. In 2015, 420 projects from 36 countries took part in this competition which has only 1 winner. Two projects containing ArcelorMittal Europe’s steel were part of the semi-finalists: the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and the New Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin.

The Spanish architectural office, Barozzi Veiga, created the design of the winner’s project: the Philharmonic Hall, composed of white pitched roofs, inspired by the shape of organs.

© Philharmonic Szczecin Mieczysława Karłowicza

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