Anneliese Brost Musikforum, Germany

interior concert hall white floor walls gold Anneliese Brost Music Forum
Anneliese Brost Music Forum Ruhr, Germany © Mark Wohlrab

Architects Bez+Kock Architekten Generalplaner Gesellschaft mbH, Germany
Location Bochum, Germany
Construction period 2013-2016
Nomination category
Sharing public spaces
Purpose Music Forum
Usable floor area 2.726 m²
Brick type Facing bricks

The Anneliese Brost Musikforum is a good example of harmonious interaction between past and modern architecture. Located in the Ruhr valley, it incorporates the Marienkirche church, which is almost 150 years old, and which was  originally going to be demolished. Engaged citizens, art historians and the Bochum Symphony director managed to retain parts of the church, which were integrated into the new Anneliese Brost Musikforum. A concert hall and a multifunctional hall were attached to the church, so that the whole building is now both generously proportioned and  elegant and striking. The façade of the new building is formed  of customized white-washed, red terracotta bricks. As the old church is also a brick building,  the client, planner and architect worked out a perfect mix of old and new materials that reflect the idea behind this project – combining history and modernity.

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