Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Haarlem’s musical triumph

Posted in wood by ruthslavid on December 1, 2010

Dutch architect Frits van Dongen of  Architects Cie has won a much-coveted (although I don’t really understand what it is) municipal award for his Haarlem Philharmonie building.

The building is a mix of refurbishment and new insertions, including this wonderful sensuous and sinuous timber-lined space. I once heard van Dongen give an inspiring talk about his work in Madrid, and he gave me a copy of his monograph. The contents are good, but the cover is even better. It is very shiny, silver but shot through with green and pink. For a long time it was on our living room floor and when the sun shone in it projected wonderful, random colourful reflections onto wall and ceilings.

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