Opera of Copenhagen
SituationBuilt opposite the palate of the Queen (Amalienborg), on the old docks of Copenhagen between 2001 and 2005, with Holmen, the new room of opera of the city was financed by the Danish industrialist Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, owner of the oil and maritime group A.P. Møller-Mærsk. It is surrounded by red brick buildings dating from the 17th century. The sector is occupied by many restaurants, galleries and other places of employment, like by Academies devoted to arts.
History and descriptionThe patron of the opera of Copenhagen showed interventionist vis-a-vis the elected architect rather, Henning Larsen, which failed to throw sponge in the course of project. Held by a clause of reserve, it was discrete on the dissensions that it had with its silent partner. But vis-a-vis the press, he declared that “the process co-operation was incredibly complicated and difficult physically and psychiquement”.
The quays are connected to the opera by a place of a surface of 35 square meters. Channels were spared so that the building is so to speak on an island. Its raised frontage of a grid in Acier already was worth the nickname of " to him; grid-pain". It is also called the " terminal of aéroport" or the " large capped pregnant case a top of forme". As many nicknames which reflect the controversy whose its Esthétique is the object - some critical finding on the contrary the work brilliant.
The structure of the building is out of reinforced concrete; glass, steel and the marble are the other materials used. The interior comprises fourteen stages, where gather a thousand of parts. The principal scene and its slides are in the middle of the masonry; the big room can accommodate 1500 people. Flexible, the orchestra pit can receive to 110 musicians. Space is also occupied by four secondary scenes. Bureau Ove Arup & Partners International was in charge of acoustics, greeted by the critic. The room of repetition of the royal Orchestra of Denmark is with the basement, thirteen meters in lower part of the sea level.
Some figures: the entire surface of the opera is of 41000 square meters; its surface in basement is of 12000 square meters. Total height: 38 meters. The object cost 2,5 billion crowns its patron, that is to say 336 million euros.
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