The Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin
The building of the Philharmonic is located at Małopolska 48 in Szczecin - a temple of music and geometry, a controversial architectural project which gives sound and light a new meaning. It's where form glues various fields of art, music and design together.
The building is unique in many respects. The architects made it priority to take the historical context into account. On the one hand the building stands out by its lighntess and boldness, on the other fits well with the neo-Gothic style of the nearby buildings. Moreover, the building has excellent acoustic parameters and enormous lighting possibilities. The white facade of the building can be lit with the use of many colours arranged any way possible. It was firstly tried during the inaugural edition of the festival MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM. in September 2018.

It is enough to cross the threshold of the building to enter the world of design, not at all associated with standard philharmonic edifices. The bold architectural solutions have an excellent effect on sound quality. The Symphony Hall, known as the Sun Hall, can accommodate nearly 1,000 people, and the special geometry of the walls and ceilings, developed by architects together with specialists in architectural acoustics, provides excellent acoustic experience. The Chamber Hall, for nearly 200 people, is called a "musical pearl". The reverberation time here was reduced to one hundredth of a second.

Szczecin Philharmonic is not only concert halls. The building is full of other spaces which work according to a daily basis standards but during MDF Festival change their roles. It will also be the case of the second edition of the festival, when audioluminescence will lead all the festival goers to unexpected spaces of the ice palace.

In 2015, a year after the opening, the building of the Philharmonic in Szczecin received a prestigious European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – the Mies van der Rohe Award, regarded as an architectural Nobel. So far, no other structure in Poland has been given such an important distinction. The Mies van der Rohe Award is one of the most prestigious architectural awards in Europe.
 
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