The Philharmonie is located on the Kirchberg plateau, at the center of a triangular square surrounded by EU administrative offices. Christian de Portzamparc wanted to plant a ring of trees which it would be necessary to cross in order to enter the complex devoted to music, encouraging visitors to forget their surroundings. There was not enough room to plant trees, so he rapidly came up with the idea of a vast peristyle composed of 827 vertical lines constituting a foyer around the Grand Auditorium. It filters the light, enabling the public to either see or forget their surroundings. This façade-filter envelopes the lobby, which forms a long peristyle surrounding the concert hall and boxes.
The section around the great hall resembles “cliffs” punctuated by strips of light through which the public enters the concert hall balconies at different levels via a long footbridge. The Grand Auditorium has eight balcony-towers placed vertically around the orchestra and orchestra pit. Thus, the audience is gathered around the musicians. The Chamber Music Hall is a volume forming an asymmetrical curved petal winding around the main building. Both innovative halls have been praised for their acoustic qualities by leading musicians and conductors, including Ricardo Mutti, Claudio Abbado and Jean-Claude Casadesus.
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Can I request RFA reacting to MC proposing to them? c: Was thinking about that earlier today !! lol
I’ve read this HC before and I loooooovee ittttt sooo much I love this headcanon aaaaa I hope you guys like it as much as I do!! -Green
-honestly, it wasn’t planned at all. Kinda. You did have a whole plan for a date, very romantic and a night to remember for sure.
-but when you woke up and saw Yoosung right there, sleeping so peacefully, you just had to do it. God, you just had to marry this man.Right now .
-so you get out of bed as quietly as you can, and you whip him up a sweet cup of coffee that he taught you from his barista club, and some strawberry pancakes with whip cream
-this boy loves sweet things so you write on the side of the plate with caramel ‘will you marry me, baby?’
-you did some basic latte art on his coffee, just a simple heart but you thought it was cute
-you put it all on a small tray and brought it over to the bedroom, where Yoosung was still sleeping
-you set the tray down on the nightstand, and sit right next to him, petting his hair and kissing his shoulders and cheeks to wake him up
-his lil sleepy eyes are so cute that you wanna ask him right then and there but you SomeHow resist
- “I brought you some breakfast in bed, honey” you give him the tray and he’s already surprised because !!! he loves your cooking, but what’s the occasion???
-first yoosung smiles at your cup art and drinks some of that, complimenting how cute you are and how good you are at making coffee!!! maybe even better than him?? ooo
-when he looks at the plate to see what you made, he almost misses the little words by the side. but he does see it
-at first he thinks it’s a joke. were you reinacting one of your books or something??
-but when he looks back at you to see you on one knee by the bed with a ring in your hand he actually screams
-without even thinking he totally throws the breakfast off the bed the coffee is safe on the nightstand thank god and jumps into your arms
-making the two of you fall on the hard floor but he doesn’t care because “yeah!!!! yeah!! yeah, i wanna marry you!!” he doesn’t even say YES he just keeps saying YEAH. because. YEAH!!! we’re getting MARRIED!
-saeyoung deserves the best of the best okay
-so you make a GAME out of it
-you make him search for the ring and it’s so complex that you honestly forgot where you put the ring
-you hid it the other night and woke up at the butt-crack of dawn, waking up your soon to be fiance along with you
-he’s cranky about it, but once he hears that you two are going on a scavenger hunt he’s BLASTING OUT THE ROOM
-saeyoung please put on clothes we’re going outside
-it’s really fuckin cold in the morning so you guys have to dress up warm, which to Saeyoung means 707 layers of jackets heheh
-the puzzle was made to be really challenging because you know how smart Saeyoung is, even if he pretends he isn’t
-it’s kind of like his Valentines Date (DLC) except a lot less romantic ,, and more adventurous
-one moment your in the bathroom until he breaks it apart to find a key, and the next moment you’re in the garage unlocking one of his babes. inside there you find a tub of ice cream, so you go to Saerans room! You find a bouquet of flowers, so now your suddenly at the supermarket! Just like that, and it goes on FOREVER
-the last stop (where the wedding ring is) is at the top of the hill in a small dog park where the two of you had your first date. by the time you get there it’s the middle of the afternoon
-Saeyoung isn’t even TIRED. he’s having so much fun!!!
-he has to climb one of the trees to find the ring, and you’re down on the ground and you kinda just go “o. that’s where i put it” because, again, you fucking FORGOT
-he hangs from one of the branches and hands the ring to you, and you see the confusion on his face, but also the playfulness
- “what could it mean??? i don’t remember a ring in our relationship. hmm… you truly are a master, because frankly, I’m stump-ed.” bu-dum cccchhhh
-you join on in, observing the ring curiously even if you knew what it looked like.
-it was a beautiful ring. you didn’t want it too flashy, that didn’t really match his personality. it had a diamond in the middle, with two moonstones shaped in crescents to hug the diamond on each side. one reason because it was his birth stone, the other because. it was a moon stone. spaaaace
- “hmm, the only time I remember there being a ring in our relationship is when I proposed to you??”
-Saeyoung laughs because it’s like lololol funny joke MC but then all the sudden your getting on one knee and he’s kinda just like. w h a t
- “don’t tell me you’re going to say no and ruin the adventure already? we still have to go to the moon, you know.” You try to be cocky but your voice is trembling. you’re literally proposing to Saeyoung who is hanging upside down from a tree like a damn monkey
-he falls off the tree
- “OH MY GOSH, ARE YOU OKAY??” you try to help him but he’s scrambling away from you. Your heart breaks a lil bc of that,,
-and then you see that your boyfriend is crying and he’s trying really really hard for you not to see and you don’t know if that’s a good sign or not
- “are you crying because you love me or because you’re hurt because I’m really worried about both” a legitimate question you have to ask
-AAGAHHH it’s cause he loves you!!!! hell yeah he wants to marry you!!!
-that’s what he wants to say but he’s crying so much it comes out as a bunch of nonsense. “h yeh.. wa -nanabb… maaaarrRRYYyy-mmm y-yo-uugh-ouuu ehhhehHH!!!”
-after you get him calmed down he kinda just bursts into tears at random times the rest of the day because he’s so overwhelmed with LOVE FOR YOU
-you don’t even beat around the bush with this fuckin dork. You’ve TRIED. it DOESN’T WORK Y’ALL
-if you don’t tell him outright about something, he’ll never know what you mean
-you’re out at a very very fancy dinner. You don’t want to propose there because of paparazzi. you figure that the dinner will help the romantic mood though
-after the dinner, you two go out to his private garden, and you spend the rest of your date there, walking and talking
-at one point you stop the two of you at a small little bench and request to sit down
-you continue talking while you make a flower crown for the both of you because he’s a very pretty boy and you can’t resist.
-also you need something to do with your hands because you’re so nervous and jittery
-by the time you’re finished with them, you place one crown on your head and then offer him his
- “would you like to be my prince, Jumin?”
-he smiles at you, because gosh. u are… so cute. Of course he wants to be your fuckin prince !!!
- “forever. be my prince forever, okay?”
- “okay, MC. I promise.”
-you place the crown on his head, and without really thinking about it you place the ring on the top of his head too
-Jumin is like “?????”
-when he picks it up, and sees it is an engagement ring, he almost laughs because when Jumin looks at you again you are struggling to get on one knee in the grass
- “are you asking me to marry you, MC?”
-UGH YES JUMIN YES I AMaSGHHGH HELp me
-Jumin full out just giggles. He’s got a little blush on his cheeks and everything. he looks damn beautiful. It’s like the guy is shining under the moonlight
- “please god marry me Jumin Han” kinda just slips out of your mouth before you can think about it
-he brings you up to him and gives you a very deep kiss before putting on the ring.
- “MC, if you need me to, I’ll be your king.”
-you had brought the whole RFA together at your apartment for a casual get together and game night
-and you planned to propose with everyone there
-you just wanted it to be fun and memorable for the both of you, and to have your RFA family with you sounded amazing
-you were. v v nervous but you couldn’t tell anyone because literally everyone in the RFA would snitch without even thinking about it they’re terrible
-the party was finally at that calm, but fun air you wanted it to be. Yoosung and Saeyoung playing Just Dance on the TV, Jaehee and Zen chatting about their daily lives and his musicals while you were preparing food with Jumin.
-I think out of everyone in the RFA, Jumin is the happiest for you two, whether he say it or not
-and really…. he was the only one who wouldn’t snitch….
-so while you were pouring drinks for everyone, you told Jumin you planned to propose to Jaehee tonight but you weren’t sure when the best moment would be
-surprisingly he gave you a?? side hug???
-he was so proud of you guys aaaaa
-Jumin wasn’t the most romantic person, but he did give you good advice. Let it come naturally. Don’t think of her saying no, just think of her saying yes, because she will. Jaehee will say yes
-and that was such a relief to hear that you gave Jumin a big ol hug and a smooch on the cheek before bringing out the food
-an hour goes by and you all are playing monopoly
-Saeyoung and Jumin are getting all the expensive houses and constantly competing for each others cards. No one knows how Saeyoung got so much money.
-Yoosung is making a little home with all the really cheap blocks and Zen is pulling his hair as he has to pay Jumin yet again
-then there’s you and Jaehee who watch the fire burn and maintain a normal board of moderately expensive houses.
-and you just feel so good at the moment. You and Jaehee cuddled in a blanket with your friends all around you
-so you turn around, kiss her on the forehead, bring out the ring and ask her to marry you
-ALL EYES ON YOU
-the fighting IMMEDIATELY STOPS and everything is so quiet
- “DAMMIT JAEHEE IF YOU DON’T SAY YES, I WILL” Saeyoung SCREECHES at the top of his lungs and he looks like he’s gunna c r y
-Jaehee does finally find her words and says yes, then the two of you kiss and everyone is standing up and cheering for the two of you
-they force you to do a slow dance together and really you wouldn’t have it any other way
-you don’t want to do it in public, because of paparazzi, but… Zen does love attention..
-so you decide to propose to him after one of his shoes back stage
-you watch the whole performance with a nervous heart and shaking hands
-the whole time you just stare at Zen and you watch how beautifully he sings and preforms. He’s amazing at what he does. You just… feel so proud of him
-you really, really hope he’ll say yes. You need him to. You don’t think you could ever get over it if Zen said no.
-When the show is over, there’s usually a meet-and-greet with all the actors so you have to act quickly before he leaves for that and is too tired for a proposal
-you greet him with a big hug and a kiss, which he appreciates a Whole Lot
- “hey, Zen, I was.. wondering something today.”
- “yeah? what’s that?”
- “would you ever… in the future.. would you ever like to get married?”
-you catch him off guard and now he’s blushing like a FOOL
-of course!! especially if it’s to you, and he winks. He’s just casually flirting but you’re just like THE TIME IS NOW
-you slam down on your knee so hard that you actually start crying and Zen is just ????!!!!!! what h a p p e n e d
-you explain in tears while bringing out the ring that you wanted to propose but you got too excited..
-YOU’RE SO CUTE, O H MYG OD,,,
-Zen just laughs, picks you up and gives you a really big SMOOCH on the lips. pretend i didn’t say smooch because it was actually really romantic
-he dips you, what a nerd
-god, he loves you. he’s looking at you with such a sparkle in his eyes as he says ‘yes’ and putting on that ring, you forget all about your injury and go in for another kiss as he spins you around
-after he smugly shows all his fans the ring in pride
Happy Solstice! “listen, dear heart” said the bear to the child, “Listen while the forest slumbers, and all appears as in death. On this, the longest night, winter’s solstice. Listen, for something is stirring within the heart of the trees” And she listened, holding her child’s breath as snow flakes drifted down like sugar. For within every tree, dreams were unfolding, and warm buttery light was gleaming, for spring was sleeping, stirring, dreaming. The child nodded, she understood. The bear and the child, curled up together. Their dreams entwining as they slept. The winter wind, and mushrooms rings, hollow trees, and crystal wings, the rising sap, and sparrows song.
This is a bizarre predicament we have gotten ourselves into. I recall this building has only 3 floors, but we have climbed dozens of flights. It must be at least half an hour since we first ascended these stairs.
Reiner insists I am imagining things.
Hoover Log [???. ??.12.2015 ??:??]
It has been days. Reiner has grown a beard. Yet he continues to deny our situation. It’s his bad habit. But I will not leave him. I will go with him, no matter where this leads us.
Hoover Log [circa 2045]
I have been approximating the passage of time by the thickness of Reiner’s glutes and thighs, akin to tree growth rings, as we learned in 5th period Bio. They grow outward at a rate of 1mm per 20 flights¹. By my records, it has been 30 years.
1. I am confident in this mode of measurement; I have close knowledge of the secrets of Reiner’s butt, as I see it flex in front of me with each step*.
* I have no objections to this.
Hoover Log [circa 205X?]
Reiner has at last accepted the painful Truth. The shock of reality has left him in a fragile state, but still we keep climbing. We are Warriors. Ever upwards. This impossible geometry. Where only right turns exist. This 39° incline. I hear angles. I want to kick them.
Hoover-Braun Log [?? ??? ??]
It’s as if we are the last people in this world. Nothing but us two, and the soft sounds of our breathing and footsteps, in unison. All we have is each other. After all, who else can understand? Husband and I wish for a flat, level life for our future children, Reibert, Reibert Jr., Reibert II, Reibert III, and Bloodstorm the Destroyer.
Fubar Log? [??? ????]
I do not remember my name from the Before Floors. Reiner says that I am taller than him, but I have followed so long on the steps below him that I no longer know what is true. Is there still a world outside this stairwell? Have Ymir and Christa gotten married? Has Jean finally noticed Marco? What are our old friends up to? Are they still alive? Did they ever exist at all?
In the middle of
spring, Shouto would have expected for there to be large heaps of rainfall, equally
dreary clouds, humid air and sticky gusts of wind. There should have at least
been a light drizzle.
But it’s sunny today,
blindingly bright—it resembles Izuku’s smiles.
The pretty rays and
brilliant blue sky distracts Shouto from the pointed metal beam sticking out of
his gut, the sharp copper scent of his own blood, and the pool of red seeping
through his clothing and sinking into the earth beneath him.
would you care to share your experience with meeting one? the "strange experience" really peaked at my curiosity haha
There’s a local forest near me which has a lot of nature spirit and fae activity in it, so it’s an obvious place for me to visit for meditation or communication sessions. The forest is huge and parts of it get really dense with crowded trees and shrubs, making it fairly wild-like. There’s a few places in the forest I discovered that act as gateways to the faerie realm:
Oak tree surrounded by a fairy ring - the tree is very old with a few burrows in and around it. The fairy ring around it is a circle of darkened grass and there’s a few patches of bluebells surrounding the area. I never dared to step inside the ring because you can seriously feel the effects of the energy coming from the tree and the circle, you don’t even have to be psychic to feel it. The other week I came to the forest with a friend to show him this specific tree and of course he thought it would be hilarious to push me inside the circle after warning him not to go inside it. The moment I tripped through the circle I felt as if a huge wave of energy hit my head to the rest of my body, and my eyesight went blurry for a few seconds before adjusting back to normal. I wanted to go back out but I felt really compelled to go right up to the tree and investigate it. When I got close one of the burrows particularly stood out to me, and putting my hand just around the entrance area the air felt really warm and it made my hand buzz. Around the corner of my eye I could start to see orbs of light forming and then disappearing, so being spooked enough already I immediately left the circle after making an apology to whoever’s space I just invaded and we both ran away from that area, feeling watched.
The wishing tree - there’s a tree that has two trunks growing from the same root, and it naturally separates in the middle before almost joining back together at the top, and the gap where the rise between the two trunks is it’s low enough for people to climb onto easily. Folklore has it that it is trees like these that allow you to make a wish before you jump through it, and the faeries will grant your wish if they please. Being around this specific tree will either make you feel completely at peace or energetic and joyous, depending on the mood of the forest. I’ve jumped through it tons of times, and each time you can really feel a “zap” go through you as you temporarily step through the portal, although not as intense as the oak tree one.
Meadow - there’s a small meadow clearing separating two parts of the forest but as it’s so short it feels extremely liminal. Walking through this part makes you feel really airy and not grounded at all. Sometimes you can hear faint voices here.
The stream - this stream is narrow and you can easily step across it without much effort. The completely freaky part is that sometimes when you walk across the other side you’ll come across a small lake/pond with an area of stone where it meets the stream. However, there’ll be times where you’ll look absolutely everywhere and not be able to find the pond. I thought it was just me before I asked a friend to investigate it on her own and the same thing happened to her on different occasions. I am unsure why this happens or perhaps it’s caused by some weird disorientation people suddenly get in that part of the forest or whatnot, but it’s a mystery so far. It’s even stranger since you can actually photograph the pond area, so it’s not completely phantasmic.
Now, the area where I met the spirit was by the pond. Coming across the pond one day I decided to have a quick meditation session there to see what kind of information or energy my intuition will pick up. I was sitting in silence for maybe around 15-20 minutes before I started to feel a faint wind approaching, and with that, a sound of bells. As the sound of bells got closer, I could also hear the soft trotting of a horse and as this happened my eyelids started to flutter like crazy, but I tried not to open my eyes as I started to get images forming in my mind’s eye. I heard the hooves and bells gravitate towards the edge of the pond that sat right across me. My eyelids practically forced open and I could see that the pond water was almost crystal clear and the otherwise blue sky above was filled completely with grey clouds. The wind continued to be pleasant, ringing the bells to sound towards me. I looked up and could see a white horse drinking water from the pond as a tall figure dismounted.
The figure turned around to reveal a man with beautifully long blonde hair that was almost silver in colour, pointed ears, long dark boots, and a strange grey-green cloak (can’t really describe the colour). The figure saw me on the other side and softly waved at me. Feeling slightly weary, I waved back. At that moment the world seemed to go almost completely still until I could hear the wind again, with bells seemingly coming from the saddle of the horse. The elf started to walk around towards me, and I was almost panicking because after all he is a complete stranger and I had no clue what he was going to do. I stood up as he drew close and he walked up right towards me, and he seemed to whisper something which I did not understand. As he put his hand on my shoulder I could almost hear and feel the sound of rain starting to trickle down. He continued to speak in a whispering voice but I could not understand anything, despite it sounding a bit like English. The only phrase that kept coming through to me was “I am the king of [something]”. I looked away from him at one point as I saw the horse look back at me, and then suddenly the vision disappeared, and with that, I felt a dainty kiss on my cheek.
I looked back and saw that he had gone, along with the horse. The pond seemed normal and dirty again. There was also no sign of rain and the sky was completely clear as it was earlier before the incident. Since I could no longer sense his presence, the area around the pond felt completely empty so I decided to leave and go home, all the while I was trying to understand what just happened. It was one of the most physical encounters i’ve ever had, and actually the most comforting. I was slightly annoyed at how sudden the vision broke but I guess I actually haven’t visited the pond again since then.
Rarely, autumn is not followed by winter, but rather by a verdant inversion. Dead leaves flutter up from the earth, back onto greening branches. If the season lasts too long, trees shed their rings and return to seeds.