La Commanderie, Dole

A highly flexible hall with variable seat count and architecture for classical and rock music, as well as for theatre, conferences and sports games.

Multi-purpose room for various uses and varying seat counts.
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Retractable seats have been placed far from the stage
in order to accommodate both seated and standing
audiences during a rock concert.
© Philippe Ruault
Concert rehearsal.
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Rock concert.
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In order to obtain the largest capacity of the hall
for a rock concert attended by a large audience,
the separation between foyer and concert hall can be removed.
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Thanks to the sliding panels,
the hall size is adaptable to different uses.
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Different uses of the multi-purpose room.
© Métra & Associés
Detail of an acoustic panel.
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La Commanderie.
© Philippe Ruault
La Commanderie.
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Side façade
in natural stone.
© Philippe Ruault
La Commanderie entrance.
The large windows frame the view, looking at the city of Dole.
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Information Sheet


Location   Dole, France.

Project Cost   7 million €.

Time Frame   Winning entry competition: 2002. Design: 2003-2004. Construction: 2004-2006. Opening: November 2006.

Owner   City of Dole.

Architect(s)   Brigitte Métra, Métra & Associés, Paris.

Theatre Planner(s)   Michel Cova, dUCKS Scéno, France.

Seat Count   Multi-purpose room for various uses and varying seat counts, from 550 seats for theatre and small concerts, through 1900 (both seated and standing audience), up to 2900 (standing audience) for rock concerts, sport events, etc. Total area 6 600 m².

Uses   Theatre and classical music, amplified music, congresses, professional sports events. Thanks to its sliding panels, the hall size is adaptable to the different uses. In the case of a big event, the separation between entrance and hall can be removed in order to get a single spacious hall.

Services   Close collaboration with the architect and theatre planner in concept and design of this ultra flexible space. Comprehensive acoustic consulting services until the opening.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Nathalie Faillet, Kahle Acoustics.

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