Uppsala Konsert & Kongress

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Coordinates: 59°51′40.33″N 17°38′45.09″E / 59.8612028°N 17.6458583°E / 59.8612028; 17.6458583

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Uppsala Konsert & Kongress (UKK), popularly referred to as Musikens hus (House of music) is a concert hall and convention centre in Uppsala, Sweden. The official inauguration of the building took place on Saturday, 1 September 2007.

Awards[edit]

In 2007, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress was awarded a gold medal at the Bienale in Miami Beach.[1] The class that the building was in, the class of large public buildings, can be said to cover what is generally regarded as "monuments".

Criticisms and popular opinion[edit]

The construction project was preceded by a long and committed political debate in the municipality of Uppsala. Plans for a concert hall in Uppsala had been discussed intermittently since 1912, but the final decision to start the construction was not taken until 2004.[2]

The building has been somewhat controversial, and its exterior, interior, location and function as a concert hall have all been criticised.[citation needed] However, a survey conducted in the autumn of 2010, indicates that one third of the 1360 respondents considered the building to be an important symbol for Uppsala, while 36% believed that it will become such a symbol in future.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arkitekten: Uppsala konserthus vann guld, February 2008
  2. ^ Tidslinje - Musikens hus, Upsala Nya Tidning 30 Aug 2007, retrieved 22 December 2010
  3. ^ UKK:s symbolvärde stiger Uppsalatidningen 5–11 November 2010, retrieved 22 November 2010