Arsonic, Mons

A home for the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, or the sparkling establishment of contemporary music in a former fire brigade building.

ArsonicArsonic, a former fire brigade building, is a place entirely dedicated to sound.
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ArsonicView of the concert hall with audience on three sides of the stage.
© Rino Noviello
ArsonicView on the largest seat capacity side and concrete technical grid, surrounded by poplar strips, before the seating installation.
© Jean-François Berhin
ArsonicProjection screen for seat count reduction to close off the audience on one side.
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ArsonicView from the technical grid onto one the three possible sides for the audience (here, a 52-seat capacity). Concrete walls are covered with poplar strips.
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ArsonicRehearsal of some musicians of Musiques Nouvelles before the opening night. Use of absorbing acoustic curtains, here half-way down.
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ArsonicOpening night with some members of Musiques Nouvelles.
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ArsonicOpening night with the choirs of Mezza Voce and Via Vocis.
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ArsonicSound sculpture for the Chapel of Silence.
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ArsonicCeiling in the Chapel of Silence.
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Information Sheet


Location   Mons, Belgium.

Project Cost   4 million €.

Time Frame   Architectural competition 2009, design 2010-2011, opening spring 2015.

Owner   French speaking community of Belgium and City of Mons.

Architect(s)   Étienne Holoffe, Laurent Vermeersch, Holoffe & Vermeersch, Mons, and Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Niget, Paris.

Theatre Planner(s)   Jacques Moyal, Architecture et Technique, France.

Seat Count   A 250-seat auditorium for contemporary music with variable configurations and acoustic. Rehearsal rooms, studios and a “chapel of silence” for acoustic installations. Total area 2 500 m².

Uses   Home for Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, the contemporary music orchestra conducted by Jean-Paul Dessy. Experimental audio and sound recordings, installations, rehearsals and musical performances.

Services   Full acoustic concept and detailed design of auditorium and music studios. Performance space with a high degree of variable acoustics and flexibility.

Team   Eckhard Kahle and Thomas Wulfrank, Kahle Acoustics.

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