20 May 2008

Another European Arch Landmark Ablaze


photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Less than one week after a devastating fire engulfed the TU-Delft Architecture School, we have learned of yet another blaze. Today in Berlin, Germany the home of the Berlin Philharmonic has caught fire. Unlike its counterpart in the Netherlands it appears as though the fire was caught in time and has saved the structure. The New York Times reported that workers had been welding on the predominantly metal roof before the fire but there is no indication as yet to its source.

The orchestra has been playing in the Philharmonic Hall at Kemperplatz since 1963. The original structure was designed by Hans Scharoun, and later was added to in 1987 to include the adjoining Chamber Music Hall.

BBC Article
Berliner Philharmoniker Site

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