Fine acoustic is not there to be seen but should blend into the architecture.
Kahle Acoustics specialises in acoustics consulting for performing arts buildings, including concert halls, opera houses, theatres, and auditoria.
Our projects include new buildings, renovations and acoustic improvements, as well as the conversion of existing and “found” spaces.
Rather than applying preconceived ideas, Kahle Acoustics seeks optimised solutions that take context, culture, architectural design and artistic merit into account. In every case, the goal is to find a perfectly adapted solution that optimises the acoustics along with all other requirements.
To achieve this aim, and to avoid acoustic solutions that are “bolted on”, Kahle Acoustics is proactive in collaborating with the project architect, theatre consultant and user/client to integrate acoustics right from the very start.
Every member of Kahle Acoustics has a background both in music and science — through this we are highly attuned to the requirements of musicians, audience and performers alike. This perspective is essential when it comes to our work developing the brief for performance spaces in new or existing buildings.
Kahle Acoustics is located in Brussels, Belgium, and was founded in 2001 by Eckhard Kahle. All members work in multiple languages: French, English, Dutch and German, and on three continents: Europe, North America and Asia.
Kahle Acoustics frequently collaborates with some of the world's most prestigious architects, including Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Rafael Viñoly, Paul Andreu, Rem Koolhaas, Eduardo Souto de Moura, David Chipperfield and Pekka Salminen.
In collaboration with Barteld Postma and Brian Katz, Kahle Acoustics contributed to research into Room Acoustics design strategies in the pre-Sabine era. Our article (pdf) includes fascinating insights and guidelines from before the discovery of the reverberation time formula. For contemporary room design, there is much food for thought to be found in old texts! More info on our LinkedIn.
The episode on the Andermatt Concert Hall designed by Studio Seilern is broadcasted on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 7.00 pm on Sky Arts (GMT) and it explores the design and inspiration behind this world-class concert hall. Here is the link for Season 2 Episode 5 to be watched at your own convenience once you register.
Winter 2021, Emilie Carayol and Yann Jurkiewicz have started their new mission as acousticians to the owner for the development of the Ateliers Berthier site. It will become a major hub for the dramatic arts in Paris, France. Check out for more exciting news on the design architect's website.
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Kahle Acoustics will be supporting the musicians performing at the Andermatt first Winter Music Festival next 15th-18th January. The programme is celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of Beethoven and stars, among others, Daniel Barenboim. More info available here.
A new Kahle Acoustics's article is available on the latest Auditoria Issue, which is a Winter Issue and it is about Twin Peaks in the Swiss Alps (pages 52-55). You may read and download on line via this link. And you may also order a free copy by clicking here.
As part of our work designing the new concert hall in Nuremberg, Kahle Acoustics visited numerous halls with the client. Our visit to the KKL Luzern was documented by the Bavarian Radio (video).
The Auditoria Magazine latest issue includes our article that was co-written with the Finnish acoustic entity Akukon. It is about the Culture and Art centre in Fuzhou China, that opened last Fall 2018. Here is the pdf of the article and some additional details available on our website.