Ostrava Concert Hall

Ostrava, Czech Republic
Tomasz Konior
Design team
Andrzej Witkowski, Dominik Koroś, Dariusz Gajewski, Paweł Przeniosło, Diana Niebrzydowska, Monika Lipińska, Patrycja Lyszczyk, Kacper Krok, Maciej Sewiołło, Agata Pietrzak, Magdalena Jagoda
Buro Happold
Nagata Acoustics, Manufaktura Technologiczna
33 428 m2
The total area
45 462 m2
Area of land
46 495 m2
Built-up area
5 772 m2
178 925 m3
While entering the interior from the city side under a spacious arcade, we pass through the open ground floor of the existing building. Going further, we are in the main foyer. This space for a new concept has an unique significance. It becomes a multifunctional, roofed and freely accessible piazza covering the whole area of the new basement. An important feature of this place is to infiltrate the interior of the foyer with the surroundings. Everywhere you can see frames of a park looking into the interior. The floor is not flat. It takes the form of a soft fold of the concert hall's underbelly. The applied language of organic forms favors the infiltration of a park space. Smoothly drawn lines of walls penetrate into the landscape and into the interior. The park alleys, labyrinth paths, benches of the amphitheater, ribbon-like basins took the soft geometry of the arches. Thanks to this, the boundary between the world of music and the green surroundings disappears.

Two added spaces: a readily foyer penetrating with the surrounding area and dedicated to a symphonic music The Main Concert Hall forms the necessary addition to the existing structure. Placing them in the center of the entire building between the wings of an existing building allowed to integrate and organize internal divisions with the proper hierarchy and give the individual parts new meanings.

The new foyer connects with the wing of the theater and cinema located in the historic part of the building. Parade stairs and comfortable elevators can get to the next levels, which allow convenient access to all levels of the concert hall. The highest level  of the concert allows to separate the space for get together, which in balance with the above-mentioned terrace is a convenient space for events. All levels of the building are accessible to disabled people.

The Great Concert Hall is the most important and characteristic interior of the entire design. Therefore, apart from all functional advantages, it was given a sculptural and recognizable form.

The interior is shaped by the acoustic panels suspended above the audience. Its form resembles bird wings opening for flight. The whole design is crowned by a wooden acoustic canopy.

In the middle of the Concert Hall, above the scene, spectacular organ instrument is located.

An aspiration of contemporary space for music is to achieve a strong relationship between musicians and music lovers in the common experience of music during the concert. In addition to the unique values sense of hearing, visibility is also important. A "compact shoe box" solution was used in the concept. Such a solution allows to obtain excellent acoustic effects as well as optimal stage visibility from everywhere in the audience. Vibrance and clarity of the sound will be ensured by appropriate volume, shapes, materials, density and hardness of all elements forming the interior.