Main concert hall © Ingarden & Ewý – Architekci, Kraków in cooperation with Arata Isozaki & Associates, Tokyo
Ramboll’s Acoustic team, led by Director Dr Raf Orlowski, provided acoustic consultancy to architects Ingarden and Ewy. A part of the multidisciplinary design team, we were appointed as adviser to the contractor during the construction.
The brief was to design a modern, world-class building that would achieve the highest acoustic and stage mechanics standards whilst accommodating for conferences, exhibitions and other cultural and social events that require varying acoustic conditions.
The challenge for the main concert hall was to design a space with excellent acoustics for the vast and complex sounds of symphonic music that would also allow for the variation of acoustic behaviour (eg reducing reverberance to assist with the acoustic clarity of the spoken word in the same area).
We realised acoustic variability by using drop-down acoustic banners often deployed for congresses.
Our team designed an acoustically optimised reflector array that was installed above the stage area to improve clarity/feedback for orchestral performers.