Volcanoes inspire Lanzarote's new concert and congress hall
The renowned Danish architectural company Henning Larsen Architects
and Spanish architect Carlos Morales have won the international
architectural competition to design the new concert and congress hall on
one of the Canary Islands', Lanzarote.
Henning Larsen Architects has designed several internationally noted
concert halls. Among others, the opera in Copenhagen, Uppsala Concert
& Congress Hall in Sweden and Iceland’s new national concert hall
currently being built on the harbour in Reykjavik.
The new 15,000 sq m concert and congress hall of Lanzarote, Palacio de
Congresos, will be located at the sea promenade of Arrecife, the island’s
main city. The building is inspired by the jagged and characteristic
landscape of Lanzarote. The crystalline shape accentuates the identity
and evolves the profile of the city. In the evening it welcomes visitors and
shows the inner glow and activity.
"The building will become a cultural point of reference for Lanzarote”,
explains Design Director Louis Becker, Henning Larsen Architects. “It
holds the sense and feel of the island. You experience the vast nature with
its mountains, volcanoes, ocean and the high sky. The building is created
for this place and this place alone”.
Lanzarote’s new concert and congress hall is designed to be as flexible catering for: classical concerts, electronic music and
conferences. Additionally, the size of the three halls can be modified.
"The building itself is an answer to the functional program with a strong
sense of belonging to the place for which it is designed", says Managing
Director Carlos Morales, Carlos Morales Arquitecto SLP.
Palacio de Congresos is due for completion in 2013.