Here’s What Happens When People Let Algorithms Design A Concert Hall

Here’s What Happens When People Let Algorithms Design A Concert Hall

 

 

Architecture & Design: Here’s What Happens When People Let Algorithms Design A Concert Hall

The Elbphilharmonie is Hamburg’s stunning new concert hall


It can seat 2,100 people and cost a whopping $843 million USD


It took seven years longer than scheduled to complete and far exceeded its original budget of $82 million


But as you can see, it was definitely worth the wait


 It was designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who also designed the Tate Modern in London


They joined forces with Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, famous for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A


Together they used algorithms to create the auditorium’s 10,000 unique acoustic panels

 Architecture & Design

For some designers it’s a scary prospect. “I have 100% control over setting up the algorithm, and then I have no more control,” says architect Benjamin Koren



Made from gypsum fiber, each panel contains one million “cells” which line the ceilings, walls and balustrades of the central auditorium


When sound hit these panels, the “cells” shape the sound by either absorbing the waves or causing them to reverberate throughout the hall









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