It's amazing how the design of this mountainous concert hall is expressed as both soft and harsh simultaneously. Somehow, the Barozzi Veiga studio of Barcelona has created a striking architectural language that stimulates intense peaks and calm as a complex emotional response to observing this surprising structure. It elicits a reaction similar to that experience while listening to an orchestra.
The contemporary building is Szczecin's new Mieczyslaw Karlowicz Philharmonic Hall in Poland, assuming the footprint of an auditorium that was destroyed during WWII. This one appears to break out of the surface of the urban landscape, asserting its presence and strength. With curtain walls constructed of white translucent glass, the shard-like walls of this mountainous concert hall rise into icy spikes that connect to the daytime sky. At night, the musical venue glows a warm yellow, making it a beautiful beacon after dark.