|The Royal Festival Hall|
|> The Royal Festival Hall hosts classical
orchestral concerts as well as jazz, rock and world music. The building is
sound-proofed from noise from the nearby railway by cavity walls several feet
> The only remaining building from the Festival of Britain in 1951, the Festival Hall is Grade I listed.
> The Festival Hall's light appearance (1) comes from the use of Derbyshire limestone; the green of the roof (2) from weathered copper. Designed by a young team of architects working at London County Council, their objective was to build a modernist concert hall that was welcoming and accessible to everyone, and to get away from the 19th-century European classicism normally used for public buildings.
|> The canopies and stairs (3) are a recent
addition that now connect the Festival Hall entrance with the lower-level
> Carpets in the Skylon restaurant (4) are among the interior features that have been kept in the original style.
> The auditorium has 'assisted resonance' - an electronic enhancement said to improve the sound quality.
> The Royal Festival Hall website can
be seen here.
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