Zaha Hadid Architects wins bid for Russias new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall

October 2, 2018 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects has won an international design competition for the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia . Conceived with the firm’s signature curves, the futuristic design beat out 47 competing teams. The proposed building will supplement the existing Sverdlovsk Philharmonic building that dates back to 1936 and provide a new inspirational venue for housing the city’s acclaimed Ural Philharmonic Orchestra. Organized by the Ministry of Construction and Infrastructure Development of the Sverdlovsk Region, the international design competition sought an updated and enlarged concert hall to match the rapid population growth and popularity of Yekaterinburg, a city considered the capital of the Urals and Russia’s third largest economy. Renowned as a cultural and artistic center with a rich musical tradition, Yekaterinburg is home to the celebrated Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, which has performed in over 20 countries as well as to full houses year-round in the existing Sverdlovsk Philharmonic building. Zaha Hadid Architects’ contemporary vision for the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic building will not only expand seating capacity but will also create a new public plaza as well as a preservation and renovation plan for the current concert hall. Located between the heritage Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall and the Weiner Gardens, the new development will include a 1,600-seat Concert Hall as well as a 400-seat Chamber Music Hall. Related: Zaha Hadid Architects unveils designs for sculptural Maltese tower “Echoing the physical aspects of sound waves , the design of the new Philharmonic Concert Hall is based on the properties of musical sound resonance creating wave vibrations in a continuous smooth surface,” explained the architects of the building’s sinuous interior and exterior. “The design re-interprets these physical acoustic properties to define spaces for the auditoria that are suspended within the canopy, appearing to float above the new civic plaza that is both the lobby of the Philharmonic Concert Hall and an enclosed urban square .” + Zaha Hadid Architects Images by VA, via Zaha Hadid Architects

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European Commission Accuses Statoil, BP and Shell of Fixing Oil Prices

May 23, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Oil giants make an enormous amount of money, but that doesn’t stop them from manipulating the law to yield additional profits. Last week the offices of Statoil, BP, and Shell were raided by officials from the European Commission , who charged them with fixing prices for crude oil, biofuel and refined oil products. The US Justice Department is being strongly encouraged to investigate whether or not the behavior was repeated Stateside. Read the rest of European Commission Accuses Statoil, BP and Shell of Fixing Oil Prices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: attorney general eric holder , BP , ed davey , energy secretary , EU , European Commission , guvnor , international organisation of securities commissions , mcgraw-hill financial , oil , platts , Shell , statoil , total , urals , us justice department        

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