Atelier Thomas Pucher wins competition for the new Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall

• December 11, 2010

Austrian architect Atelier Thomas Pucher has won the international competition for the new seat of the world renowned Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra in Warsaw. The 20.000m2 cultural centre is housed on the site of a former Veterinary Institute with existing – yet asleep – buildings and a fairy tale park. The centre inhabits a 1.800 seat symphonic hall with world class acoustic properties, large rehearsal areas, merchandise facilities, musical workshops and a small hotel for artists in residence and music lovers on vacation.

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Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall, render courtesy Atelier Thomas Pucher

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Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall, render courtesy Atelier Thomas Pucher

The project gives a precise answer on the demands of the orchestra as well as the given site with its historical buildings. By enveloping the whole site with a floating wall it indicates the park as its new centre and creates a distinctive place of silence – the basic principle for an orchestra to perform – full of atmosphere and drama.

The park becomes an open public place and the wall becomes the building to serve it.

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Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall, render courtesy Atelier Thomas Pucher

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Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall, render courtesy Atelier Thomas Pucher

The floating wall inhabits the symphonic hall and all rehearsal areas. It floats above the foyer – thus a seamless extension of the park into the building – and holds several mysteries and miracles: hidden rooms and stairs, a narrow surveillance path at its top, all technical infrastructures and a span of 140m without any column.

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Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall, render courtesy Atelier Thomas Pucher

The Concert Hall is a fusion of Shoebox Hall and Arena. While the traditional shoe box hall is known for its excellent acoustics but much too often offers poor visibility conditions, the Arena has its advantages in the visibility but is hardly applicable when it comes to its acoustic conditions.

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Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall, render courtesy Atelier Thomas Pucher

The hall for the Sinfonia Varsovia combines the advantages of both by choosing the main shape of a rectangular room with ideal acoustic dimensions and inserting seemingly free formed bands of balconies with perfect angles for visitors into this volume. The three dimensional flow of the balconies and the specific relation to the rectangular volume allow the acoustic properties to be developed on a world class
level.

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Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall, render courtesy Atelier Thomas Pucher

Compared to the second popular type – the vineyard – the hall provides the benefit of compactness, short distances and a volume that is also suited for smaller symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras. For the audience that means that each listener is situated as near to the orchestra as possible thus creating an immense impression of being “in midst the music”.

The new Sinfonia Varsovia Centre has a budget of approx. € 110 million and is expected to be completed in 2016.

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Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall - FLOOR PLAN, drawing courtesy Atelier Thomas Pucher

+ Project credits / data

Architect: Atelier Thomas Pucher | http://www.thomaspucher.com, Graz, Austria
Acoustical Engineering: BBM MÜLLER, Munich, Germany
Structural Engineering: PETER MANDL, Graz, Austria
Mechanical Engineering: KCE, Wels, Austria
Green Building Certification: GOBLI BAUENGINEERING, Graz, Austria
Client: The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra in Warsaw | http://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org

Area: 20,000 m2 Net Floor Area
Construction sum: € 110 million
Competition: 2010, 1st prize in open international competition
Status: Completion 2016
Program: Culture

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Category: Architecture, Culture

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