Since the late 19th century former State House, landmarked building designed by Gottfried Semper, hosts the Musikkollegium, the hall required some architectural adaptations for better acoustical conditions. Lumière 2011 Award + Lichtdesign 2012 Award.
Renovation/Transformation Stadthaus Winterthur www.musikkollegium.ch
Location Winterthur, Switzerland. Landmarked Building.
Project Cost 1.5 million CHF (approximately 1 million €).
Time Frame Evaluation and recommendations: 2002. Implementation of first phase of acoustics improvements: 2003 and 2004. Second phase: 2009.
Owner Stadt Winterthur, and Musikkollegium (City Orchestra).
Architect(s) Johann Frei, Johann Frei Architekturbüro, Winterthur frei-architekturbuero.ch
Lighting Vogt & Partner, Winterthur vogtpartner.eu
Seat Count A 900-seat chamber orchestra hall. Total area 700 m².
Uses Concert hall for the Musikkollegium Winterthur, symphony orchestra concerts as well as chamber music and recitals.
Services First phase: Evaluation of existing condition, proposal for and implementation of acoustical improvements for on-stage acoustics with absorbing and reflecting panels integrated around the stage, post-opening services.
Second phase: Ellipsoidal lightings have been specifically designed in close collaboration with the artist and the architect, as they function as well as acoustical reflectors above the conductor and the first seat-rows of the hall.
Team Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics.