A home for the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, or the sparkling establishment of contemporary music in a former fire brigade building.
New Build Renovation/Transformation Arsonic surmars.be/lieu/arsonic
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 www.hv-architecture.be • Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Niget, Paris.
Theatre Planner(s) Jacques Moyal, Architecture et Technique, France arscen.wixsite.com/architechnique
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.