Chamber music hall by Zaha Hadid 15.07.09

words Carol Eid

Zaha Hadid Architects has created a chamber music hall inside Manchester Art Gallery as an ode to Johann Sebastian Bach.

Designed for the Manchester International Festival, the chamber music hall will house a series of concerts celebrating the music of Bach.

“It is an articulation of the rhythmic and harmonic range Bach was able to achieve within the mathematical framework of his music,” says Hadid of the hall.

Inside a black box, a translucent fabric membrane stretched over a steel structure is suspended from the ceiling. It coils around the seating area and stage, giving the audience and performer a feeling floating in space. The sweeping structure is meant to envelope the audience just as the music does.

The hall can accommodate up to 200 people, all seated on matte black Panton chairs, and is open until 18 July.

images Zaha Hadid Architects

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