THE HOUSE OF MUSIC

ARCHITECTS
COOP Himmelb(l)au in cooperation with Friis & Moltke
PROJECT
The House of Music
DEVELOPER
Aalborg Municipality, Region North Jutland, Spar Nord Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation and Realdania
WHERE AND WHEN
Aalborg, 2006-14
MILFORD PRODUCTS/SYSTEMS
Complete planting hole assembly “urban scenario 2”(see: downloads/tegninger/milPLANT/city_2) with StrataCells, RootRain, ReRoot root barriers and Duckbill underground fastening.

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BUILDING AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Musikkens Hus, or The House of Music, is Aalborg’s new landmark on the waterfront – including a concert hall and rehearsal rooms for the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg. The House of Music is located on Music Square on the banks of the fjordLimfjorden in an old industrial port area at Nordkraft. It was designed by Austrian Coop Himmelb(l)au, a firm internationally recognised for its forward-looking and exceptionally sculptural designs. A key element of the project was to ensure cohesion between the building and its immediate surroundings as well as to make the music hall a part of an attractive urban area. Therefore Coop Himmelb(l)au made a master plan and subsequently an urban space plan for the area around The House of Music that includes a plaza around The House of Music and a winding staircase down to the water where visitors congregate.

MILFORD DELIVERS THE COMPLETE PACKAGE
Milford contributed ”the complete package” for the introduction of a number of new trees. Soil Cells (StrataCells) have been laid in all planting holes in order to ensure adequate amounts of uncompressed soil under heavily trafficked roads and pavements. That is key to successful growth of newly planted trees in cities. Root growth control (ReRoot) is used because surface materials such as asphalt and paving stones are particularly vulnerable to tree roots; similarly, underground installations of various kinds may suffer damage if the growing direction of the roots cannot be effectively controlled. Root barriers are used to steeer the root growth in the desired direction so that the tree embeds itself in its assigned position without causing damage. An irrigation/aeration system (RootRain) delivers water where the roots are, not to the soil layer above, and provides essential aeration to the roots.