The former Benedictine monastery located on one of the Rhine's loops, which had become a psychiatric hospital till 2000, has been renovated and transformed into a peaceful rehearsal residence for musicians of all profiles and styles. Landmarked building.
New Build Renovation/Transformation Musikinsel Rheinau www.musikinsel.ch
Location Rheinau, Switzerland. Landmarked building.
Project Cost 28 million CHF (approximately 23 million €).
Time Frame Feasibility study: 2011. Construction: 2012-2013. Opening: May 2014.
Owner Canton of Zürich, and Stiftung Schweizer Musikinsel Rheinau.
Architect(s) Bembé Dellinger Architekten, Germany www.bbdarch.de
Artist Beat Zoderer, Switzerland.
Acoustic Fabric Design Annette Douglas, Switzerland.
Seat Count A 245 m² music room, 16 rehearsal rooms (from 15 to 125 m²), a 284 m² historical library, and a 63-room hotel for the musicians (132 beds). Total area: approximately 1 600 m².
Uses This national music centre welcomes both confirmed musicians and amateurs in a stimulating spot open to traditions, creativity, innovation and concentration.
Services Programme design to reach acoustic quality conditions. Fixed and moveable installations to answer best the reverberation requirements per each single rehearsal room.
Team Eckhard Kahle, Johan Brulez, Kahle Acoustics.
[ 2-double-page ]Signature Sound, Evan Green, Eckhard Kahle, Auditoria Annual 2018/19, Issue no. 25, June 2018.
Case Study for ArAc — Multibook for Architectural Acoustics — Musikinsel Rheinau, by Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics, January 2015 (with French, German and Polish subtitles)