Musikinsel Rheinau

The former Benedictine monastery located on one of the Rhine's loops, which had become a psychiatric hospital till 2000, has been renovated and transformed into a peaceful rehearsal residence for musicians of all profiles and styles.

Musikinsel RheinauMusikinsel, the musicians residency in a former monastery, on the Rheinau island.
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Musikinsel RheinauThe Musikinsel residency's courtyard.
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Musikinsel RheinauOak ceiling and perforated wood panels on some walls of the refectory.
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Musikinsel RheinauA violinist rehearsing in the main room with acoustic curtains closed.
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Musikinsel RheinauDetail of the absorbing and reflective panels, as well as of the acoustic curtain designed by Annette Douglas.
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Musikinsel RheinauView of the opposite acoustic wall designed by the artist Beat Zoderer, as seen from the entrance to the main music room.
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Musikinsel RheinauThe acoustic fabric has been embroidered after Beat Zoderer design.
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Musikinsel RheinauMain music room, with the entrance wall - door included - fully covered with acoustic panels, some acoustically reflective and some absorbing. In addition to being translucent, the curtains are conceived to be acoustically absorbing.
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Musikinsel RheinauVisual concept (fabric and acoustic panels layout) by the artist Beat Zoderer. The fabric has been embroidered under the supervision of the textile designer Annette Douglas.
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Musikinsel RheinauIn order to respect the landmarked architecture, absorbing material has been added mainly as part of the furniture.
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Musikinsel RheinauAcoustic absorption materials in one of the rehearsal rooms: carpet, curtain, radiator cladding and wall panels behind the piano.
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Information Sheet

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Location   Rheinau, Switzerland. Landmarked building.

Project Cost   28 million CHF (approximately 23 million €).

Time Frame   Feasibility study 2011. Construction 2012-2013. Opening May 2014.

Owner   Canton of Zürich, and Stiftung Schweizer Musikinsel Rheinau.

Architect(s)   Bembé Dellinger Architekten, Germany.

Artist   Beat Zoderer, Switzerland.

Acoustic Fabric Design   Annette Douglas, Switzerland.

Seat Count   A 245 m² music room, 16 rehearsal rooms (from 15 to 125 m²), a 284 m² historical library, and a 63-room hotel for the musicians (132 beds). Total area: approximately 1 600 m² SHON.

Uses   This national music centre welcomes both confirmed musicians and amateurs in a stimulating spot open to traditions, creativity, innovation and concentration.

Services   Programme design to reach acoustic quality conditions. Fixed and moveable installations to answer best the reverberation requirements per each single rehearsal room.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Johan Brulez, Kahle Acoustics.

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