Kerkzaal — or church hall — is part of the Unesco World Heritage's Hermitage Amsterdam museum. This 160-seat capacity hall is alternatively used as an exhibition and/or concert hall. Kahle Acoustics was asked to imagine new flexible acoustic solutions for concerts by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta ensemble in the Kerkzaal, a long, narrow and overly reverberating room. Landmarked building.
Tuning/Intervention Hermitage Amsterdam hermitage.nl
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands. Landmarked building.
Time Frame Investigation: 2009-2010. Live tests: May 2011. Opening: September 2012.
Client Stichting Instandhouding Amstelhof-Neerlandia cum annexis (STIANCA), Netherlands.
Venue Kerkzaal or church hall, contains a maximum capacity of 160 seats. Exhibitions, receptions, conferences, and concerts from the Amsterdam Sinfonietta Ensemble are held in here.
Acoustics Consulting Purpose A request to improve the church hall acoustics especially during rehearsals and performances of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta ensemble.
Services Kahle Acoustics designed the final acoustic solutions for the Ensemble's performances in the church hall. Acoustic panels were positioned at different heights around the stage in order to reduce the reverberation time both during rehearsals and concerts, and to balance the sound energy level in the hall.
Consultants Cees Mulder, Thomas Wulfrank, Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics.