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  • Posted Feb. 23, 2009 by David Swatton Viewed 2874 times

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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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    • # Odradek

      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.

      2009.02.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      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!

      2009.02.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Viktorija

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

      2009.02.23 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kerry

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

      2009.02.23 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Helen

      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!

      2009.02.23 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jan

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

      2009.02.23 Edited Reply Cancel