Alhambra, Geneve

Initially built in 1918-1920 for the cinema, the Alhambra hall became a concert hall for amplified music. This landmarked hall needed a deep renovation as well as the addition of backstage facilities.

Alhambra, GenèveView from the stage on the seat rows of the historic landmark concert hall. Here some seats are disassembled to accommodate more public. There is acoustic absorption below the technical grid, on both the first and second balcony sidewalls and on the parterre rear wall.
© Olivier Wavre, Alhambra
Alhambra, GenèveDisplay of acoustic curtains on the first balcony's sidewalls.
© Olivier Wavre, Alhambra
Alhambra, GenèveView of the ceiling and the technical grid of the hall.
© Olivier Wavre, Alhambra
Alhambra, GenèveAcoustic metal mesh detail on the absorbing rear wall.
© Kahle Acoustics
Alhambra, GenèveMain foyer, access doors to the parterre.
© Olivier Wavre, Alhambra
Alhambra, GenèveThe Alhambra, landmarked hall.
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Locatie   Geneva, Switzerland. Historic landmark hall.

Bouwkosten   25 million CHF.

Periode   Studies 2006-2008, construction 2012-2013, opening 2014.

Opdrachtgever   City of Geneva.

Architect(en)   Marc Brunn, Brunn & Butty Architectes, and Julien Menoud, Graf & Menoud Architectes, Geneva.

Theateradviseur(s)   Alexandre Forissier, Pontvolant, Geneva, and Aldo de Sousa, Duck Scéno, Lyon.

Capaciteit   A 697-seat concert hall, with standing audience option (up to 750 with retractable seat rows). 2 foyers, dressing rooms, offices, and a coffee shop.

Gebruik   Amplified music (jazz, world music, rock, pop, etc.), and classical music.

Werkzaamheden   Acoustic consulting services throughout the project, from evaluation of existing situation to achieved transformation.

Adviseur(s)   Eckhard Kahle, Nathalie Faillet, Kahle Acoustics.

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