The Philharmonic Hall emerges from its urban context, influenced by the steeply pitched roofs and the verticality of the city’s residential buildings; by the monumentality and upright ornaments of its Neo-Gothic churches; by the heavy volumes of its classicist buildings; and by the towers that dot its skyline and the cranes that line its port. With an expressionist mindset, we have aimed to use geometry to give shape to a new rhythmic composition that conveys feelings by balancing massiveness and verticality. The use of glass as the exterior cladding material highlights how the building contrasts with the conditions of its surrounding environment. It creates a bright, transparent, and upstanding object. The building’s interiors are simple — large skylights are their utmost defining trait. The great symphonic hall differentiates itself as a sculpted object embedded into a barely outlined, mineral-like space.