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. Landmarked hall.
Renovation/Transformation Alhambra www.alhambra-geneve.ch
Location Geneva, Switzerland. Historic landmark hall.
Project Cost 25 million CHF (approximately 20 million €).
Time Frame Studies: 2006-2011. Construction: 2012-2013. Opening: March 2015.
Owner City of Geneva.
Architect(s) Marc Brunn, Brunn + Butty Architectes, Geneva • Julien Menoud, Graf & Menoud Architectes, Geneva • Architech (execution details and local construction supervision) www.architech.ch
Theatre Planner(s) Alexandre Forissier, Pontvolant, Geneva.
Seat Count 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.
Uses Amplified music (jazz, world music, rock, pop, etc.), and classical music.
Services Acoustic consulting services throughout the project, from evaluation of existing situation to achieved transformation. Addition of backstage facilities for the musicians.
Team Eckhard Kahle, Yann Jurkiewicz, Nathalie Faillet, Kahle Acoustics.