Welcome change or brutal intrusion...?

by David Swatton February. 23, 2009 3044 views

You will know if you have seen any of my posts that I am interested in architecture both old and new. But I don't just hark back to the “good old days” - some of my favourite buildings are ultra-modern such as 20, St Mary Ax (the Gherkin) in London or the Casa da Musica in Porto.

So when I went to Bruges last week I was interested to see the Concertgebouw - Bruges' concert hall, designed by architects Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem, and opened in February 2002 as part of the city's European City of Culture celebrations. As a music venue it is equipped with state-of-the-art technology making for excellent acoustics.

But, you know, I'm not sure I like it. It's interesting but it just doesn't move me.

What do you think?

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Paul Palubinski 8 years, 7 months ago

Nice set! Really cool theme. I love the red...

8 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sebastiã¡N Bellã³N 8 years, 8 months ago

I think, wellcome change!

8 years, 8 months ago Edited
Odradek 8 years, 8 months ago

Culture now is "manufactured" for mass consumption and a captive audience. No wonder then that some venues sometimes look like warehouses and prisons. But I agree with both Hobbes' comments.

8 years, 8 months ago Edited
Aydin 8 years, 8 months ago


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Jacki 8 years, 8 months ago

I reserve total judgement until seeing the entirety within it's setting... but from what you've shown, I'm think.... yuck! Especially the second view... tiny, uninteresting windows randomly placed on a flat facade. And WHAT is behind the vertical parts in the first shot (eyebrows are knitted together as I ask). I DO like the color. Hmmm... maybe I didn't do so good at reserving judgement... oh well!

8 years, 8 months ago Edited
Viktorija 8 years, 8 months ago

I can't leave a negative comment knowing that we should blame architect - not you:)

8 years, 8 months ago Edited
Kerry 8 years, 8 months ago

I don't really like the building either - to me it looks almost prison like.
I do however really like #3 in this set!

8 years, 8 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 8 years, 8 months ago

I'm all for modern architecture but I'm afraid it just looks like a modern office block to me. As a musician I'd be more interested in the acoustics inside!

8 years, 8 months ago Edited
Kambiz Rahmani 8 years, 8 months ago


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Jan Eljapa 8 years, 8 months ago

Have to agree with you, makes an interesting target for photography but thats all....

8 years, 8 months ago Edited
Betsy Murphy 8 years, 8 months ago

The images are great.....but the architecture doesn't do anything for me.

8 years, 8 months ago Edited
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