Architecture"A monolith of crystalline columns in tune with Vaksala Square, the cathedral, the university library and the castle." Uppsala Konsert & Kongress is a building that stands out!
A building that is seen
Uppsala Konsert & Kongress rises eight stories into the air on Vaksala Square in central Uppsala. The magnificent character of the building blends with the other historical buildings in the city.
The architectural language is modern and contemporary. The exterior of Uppsala Konsert & Kongress is constructed of a mirrored metal-clad façade and angled metal sheets reminiscent of crystal and is the winning design entry submitted by Henning Tegnestue, appropriately titled, “The Crystal”.
Henning Larsen Tegnestue
Uppsala Konsert & Kongress was designed by Copenhagen-based architectural firm, Henning Larsen Tegnestue and was the winning contribution in the architectural competition that was launched and run during the summer of 2002.
Lead architect, Johnny Svendborg, says that UKK is “a monolith of crystalline columns in tune with Vaksala Square, the cathedral, the university library and the castle.”
The vertical light column is a tall vertical foyer, a space for communication throughout the building with entrances leading in from both the historic quarter and the newer Vaksala Square.
Visitors can walk around the foyer of the Grand Hall and look out over the surrounding rooftops of the city and view Uppsala from a new perspective through the large windows.
Prizes and nominations!A prized building! The architecture has won several awards and nominations.
The art surrounding usThere are several permanent art installations in and around Uppsala Konsert & Kongress.
HistoryFrom the first motion to the opening in 2007. It took many years before Uppsala got its concert hall!