Located along the western part of Latvia, along the Baltic Sea, Liepāja is the third largest city in the country, and has a population of around 100,000 people. It is often called “the city where the wind is born”, thanks to the pleasant sea breeze that constantly blows over it. The city is also home to a vibrant urban cultural district, with the magnificent Great Amber Concert Hall as its centerpiece.
Designed by architect Volker Giencke, this cylindrical building features a stunning amber-colored glass facade. During the day, the interior is illuminated with the soft, warm glow of the sunlight, which is in turn focused onto the stage by means of special reflective tubing. At night, however, the hall’s amber glazing creates an almost ethereal picture, against the backdrop of the city lights. The atmosphere is heightened by the seats’ upholstery, which deftly mimics the variations in colors and shades created by the incoming light.
Capable of accommodating over 1,200 guests, the Great Hall offers the perfect acoustic conditions for classical concert performances. What is more, it is home to the Liepāja Conservatorium and also the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. The building is houses several instruction and practice rooms for students, teachers as well as artists. Additionally, it is equipped with a ballet studio, an extra chamber hall and an experimental stage. A bar and music club allows visitors to relax and unwind in between performances.
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