Concert Halls Hit High Notes

Once merely built to house an orchestra and host events, halls are becoming social centers and tourist attractions. Still, architects keep acoustics in mind

When the new, Jean Nouvel-designed Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen is completed in 2008, it will be hung with a projector screen, on which will be displayed films and footage of what's going on inside the building. Inside, will there be regal chandeliers, imported marble, gold-plated embellishments, and thick velvet curtains? Probably not. In recent years, architects have been reinventing the classic concert hall auditorium.

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