IT'S LIKE A GIGANTIC VOTIVE reflecting in the cold waters of a Nordic lake. The culture and concert hall Spira in Jönköping is all glass and light – crisp and bright during the day with a warm glow at night. Created by Gert Wingårdh, one of Sweden’s best known and successful architects, in collaboration with Jonas Edblad, Spira took its inspiration from the local heritage.
The long tradition of glassmaking is evident throughout, while the orange tinted glass panels pay tribute to Jönköping being the home of the Swedish match. This 15,000 square meter centre of culture has four stages and can host up to 1,700 visitors. From theatre and dance to classical music and jazz, Spira collates a wide repertoire of performing arts throughout the region.