L'Auditorium de Bordeaux

Bordeaux inaugurated its new symphonic auditorium, designed and built between a seven-storey car park and three levels of apartments on the site of the city centre's former cinema. If sound insulation was a challenge, the superposition turned out to be a very successful constraint.

The 1 400 seat concert hall where the orchestra
is surrounded on all sides by the audience.
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The 1 400 seat concert hall and its floating side balconies.
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On the ceiling, four reclining mobile canopies
for acoustic variability.
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A multi-configurable stage.
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The furthest seat is located 25 m from the conductor.
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The side balconies are detached from the auditorium
and can be accessed via gateways.
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All auditorium surfaces are reflective
except for the seating of the armchairs.
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View of a gateway to access the floating side balconies.
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Information Sheet


Location   Bordeaux, France.

Project Cost   28 million €.

Time Frame   Acoustic consultant competition 2004, design 2005-2008, construction 2009-2012, opening January 2013.

Owner   City of Bordeaux.

Architect(s)   Michel Pétuaud-Létang, Atelier aquitain d'Architectes associés (4A), Bordeaux.

Theatre Planner(s)   dUCKS Scéno, France.

Seat Count   A 1 400-seat concert hall. Total area 6 000 m².

Uses   Concert hall for the Orchestre national Bordeaux-Aquitaine (State Orchestra, Bordeaux), guest performances by symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, chamber music, recitals; additional uses including congress and amplified music.

Services   Comprehensive acoustic consulting services, including participation in the original design concept, room acoustics, acoustic isolation and noise control.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Project Manager, Yann Jurkiewicz, Nathalie Faillet, Johan Brulez, Kahle Acoustics.

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