Stavanger Konserthus

The new 1 500-seat concert hall Fartein Valen is considered as one of the best halls in the world, along with Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam or KKL in Luzern. Thanks to its variable acoustic volume, it can accommodate symphonic and chamber music as well as contemporary music. Adjacent is a 1 200-seat modular hall for amplified music.

Stavanger KonserthusArchitect Per Christian Brynildsen, Ratio Arkitekten AS,
explaining the concept of the hall to journalists and users.
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Stavanger KonserthusView, from the hall, to the “hit and miss” wood battem screen.
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Stavanger KonserthusView from the first balcony.
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Stavanger KonserthusFirst rehearsal of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in the new hall,
conducted by Chief Conductor Steven Sloane.
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Stavanger KonserthusStavanger Symphony Orchestra conducted Fabio Biondi,
Chief Conductor for baroque and classical repertoire.
Detail of acoustic reflectors above stage.
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Stavanger KonserthusDetail of side balcony, acoustic down-stand reflectors and rear balconies.
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Stavanger KonserthusView from stage into audience area and to the three rear balconies.
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Stavanger KonserthusView from the choir balcony.
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Information Sheet

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Location   Stavanger, Norway.

Project Cost   Approximately 75 million €.

Time Frame   Architectural competition in 2003. International competition for acoustic consultants in 2007. Design 2007-2009. Construction 2009-2011. Opening September 2012.

Owner   City of Stavanger and Nytt Konserthus i Stavanger IKS.

Architect(s)   Ratio Arkitekter AS, Oslo, Norway.

Theatre Planner(s)   Torsten Nobling, AIX Arkitekter, Stockholm, Sweden.

Seat Count   1 500-seat concert hall, mainly for classical and contemporary music with a 4 554-pipe organ by Ryde & Berg; a 1 200-seat multi-purpose hall, mainly for amplified music. Total area 12 000 m².

Uses   Symphony concerts (Stavanger Symphony Orchestra), recitals, contemporary music festival; various musical and theatrical uses for the multi-purpose room, for both standing and seated audience.

Services   Acoustic consulting services for the entire project, including collaboration on basic design.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Yann Jurkiewicz, Kahle Acoustics. In collaboration with Henrik Möller, Akukon Oy, Helsinki (multi-purpose hall) and Tønnes Ognedal, Sinus AS, Stavanger (building acoustics, local supervision and coordination).

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