La Philharmonie de Paris is set to open in January 2015. If all goes according to plan, Paris will have one of the finest — and, with a price tag of €381 million, or $505 million, one of the most costly — concert halls anywhere in the world.
The 2,400-seat auditorium reflects the influence of Berlin’s concert hall, also called the Philharmonie, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
In the Philharmonie, the distance between the conductor and those farthest away will be 32 meters, or 105 feet, compared with 47 meters for the Salle Pleyel, which has 500 fewer seats.
The new hall will also feature modular seating that can be reconfigured in function of the artists or the works being presented. For example, if a concert features a singer, the stage can be positioned so that it is adjacent to a wall, thereby eliminating seats that would give a view of the singer’s back.
- The New York times -