The Free State of Bavaria is planning an outstanding concert hall in the form of the Konzerthaus München. As an open vibrant and astonishing building, it will inspire and move the audience with music ranging from classical music to jazz, from world music to completely new experimental forms.
The Konzerthaus München will become the new home of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, one of the best orchestras in the world, as well as of the Sound Art and Education departments of the University of Music and Theatre Munich and of the most exciting artists and sound bodies of our time.
With its spectacular design and unique acoustics, the Konzerthaus München is being created in the very heart of the city: in Munich’s Werksviertel, a creative, cool, innovative and multiple-award winning urban district. It is ideally located right next to the Ostbahnhof, Bavaria’s third-largest long-distance train station, right along the two main S-Bahn lines and the subway.
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As a cultural building with a global pioneering role in digitality, the Konzerthaus München is equipped for all the needs of new experimental and hybrid art forms from the ground up, opens up opportunities for a educational and creative platform throughout Bavaria and sets new standards as a cultural lab, a place of musical excellency and playful music education.
Digitalization Therefore, an entire floor is dedicated to the topic of education, opening up ideal opportunities for interaction and participation – for people of all ages, origins, social backgrounds and with and without disabilities.
A luminous depot of sound encompasses three halls while addressing the senses with its shape and materials:
In addition, there are areas for music education, a project laboratory to be used as a base for the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts, and a chic restaurant for visitors.
They create “inspiring spaces for all the senses” – this is how architecture critic Otto Kapfinger describes the philosophy of the architects from Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten ZT in Bregenz. “In this way, powerful yet serene architectures are created for the unfolding of all of life’s spaces for action and play.” Their design for the design competition impressed the jury with its noble and at the same time simple and clear line of the building as well as with its high functionality. In terms of urban development, this unique building fits perfectly into the former industrial quarter Werksviertel – Munich’s multiple award-winning, vibrant cultural and creative quarter today.
Since 2018, the architectural firm Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten ZT (Bregenz), the acousticians from ARUP (London/Berlin) and other specialist planners have been engaged in planning the building. On the part of the Free State of Bavaria, responsibility for this lies with the Bavarian State Ministry of Housing, Construction and Transport and the State Building Authority Munich 1. The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts is responsible for the artistic concept, closely accompanying the construction process and at simultaneously organising the future administrative structure. Particular attention is being paid to the areas of digitalization, music education, sustainability and accessibility.
Sound is the soul of a concert hall and grants the house unique character. The experience of the acousticians, the creative power of the architects and the passion of the musicians create vibrant sound spaces in which physics, architecture and art combine to form a fascinating symbiosis.
The London/Berlin office ARUP was commissioned to plan the chamber acoustics for the halls of the Munich Konzerthaus. ARUP’s project manager, Tateo Nakajima, has worked on outstanding projects worldwide and is known for the acoustical excellence of the concert halls in Wroclaw and Montreal.
The concert hall is to become an ideal performance space for excellent artists of classical music and other genres of high quality. There will be new ways of conveying music to the public. With vibrant, innovative formats, the concert house will provide artistic momentum and a new access to music.