The fire within

Niki May Young
Thursday 05 Mar 2009

Volcanoes inspire Lanzarote's new concert and congress hall

The renowned Danish architectural company Henning Larsen Architectsand Spanish architect Carlos Morales have won the internationalarchitectural competition to design the new concert and congress hall onone of the Canary Islands', Lanzarote.

Henning Larsen Architects has designed several internationally notedconcert halls. Among others, the opera in Copenhagen, Uppsala Concert& Congress Hall in Sweden and Iceland’s new national concert hallcurrently being built on the harbour in Reykjavik.

The new 15,000 sq m concert and congress hall of Lanzarote, Palacio deCongresos, will be located at the sea promenade of Arrecife, the island’smain city. The building is inspired by the jagged and characteristiclandscape of Lanzarote. The crystalline shape accentuates the identityand evolves the profile of the city. In the evening it welcomes visitors andshows the inner glow and activity.

"The building will become a cultural point of reference for Lanzarote”,explains Design Director Louis Becker, Henning Larsen Architects. “Itholds the sense and feel of the island. You experience the vast nature withits mountains, volcanoes, ocean and the high sky. The building is createdfor 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 andconferences. Additionally, the size of the three halls can be modified.

"The building itself is an answer to the functional program with a strongsense of belonging to the place for which it is designed", says ManagingDirector Carlos Morales, Carlos Morales Arquitecto SLP.

Palacio de Congresos is due for completion in 2013.

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