Salle Pierre Dervaux, Angers
Kahle Acoustics was invited to be part of the renovation team for the Salle Pierre Dervaux, one of the rehearsal rooms of the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire. Regarding acoustics, the aim was to increase the room response, enhance orchestral balance as well as improving musical communication across the orchestra.
Renovation/Transformation Intervention/Tuning Salle Pierre Dervaux.
Location Angers, France.
Project Cost N/a.
Owner City of Angers, Loire Métropole.
Architect(s) Rdb Architectes, Angers www.rdb-architectes.com
Seat Count 2 600 m³ for 60-80 musicians. Total area 650 m².
Uses Salle Dervaux, one of the two rehearsal rooms for the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire in Angers.
Team Juan Óscar García Gómez, Johan Brulez, Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics.
Time Frame Studies: 2014-2016. Renovation: January-June 2017. Opening: July 2017.
Services Comprehensive acoustic consulting services including development of the acoustic concept, design and construction supervision. Design of the acoustic furniture (benches and reflectors). Post-opening services.
Time Frame Spring 2016-Summer 2017.
Services Previously, the rehearsal room was considered as flawed by the musicians. Following listening tests and objectives acoustic measurements, Kahle Acoustics diagnosed a severe lack of reverberation that not only impacted the acoustical response for the musicians but also cross-communication within the orchestra. The implemented solution includes several components:
1/While the old suspended ceiling was fully absorbing, the new suspended ceiling, installed one-meter higher than the previous one, is a mix of reflective and absorbing panels: absorbing panels above loud instruments (percussion and brass), and reflective panels above the strings. This change has increased the response of the room and has simultaneously improved the orchestral balance.
2/Curved acoustic reflectors have been suspended under the ceiling in order to enhance cross-stage communication, to provide improved acoustical feedback to the musicians and to orientate more reflected sound towards the conductor.
3/Two types of floor-standing acoustic furniture have been designed. In the percussionists' alcove, three curved acoustic reflectors on stands provide acoustic feedback to the percussionists as well as to the rest of the orchestra. In addition, four movable acoustic benches with reversible backrests can be placed to adapt the acoustical response of the lower part of the room. The reflective backrest redirects the sound energy towards the ceiling; the absorbing backrest reduces the overall sound intensity. The top of the benches incorporates a curved reflector in order to enhance cross-communication within the orchestra.