Auditorium design continues to be challenging, but the major issues change from year to year. Many current auditorium buildings are required by clients to make an architectural statement, several using so called “starchitects” to deliver eye-catching symbols for their city. This raises new challenges for acoustic design. Though auditorium acoustics design has reached a certain level of maturity with many questions resolved, much remains tobe discovered.
The highly successful series of Auditorium Acoustics conferences continues with a meeting in Germany in October 2018. It follows the opening of a significant new concert space in Hamburg in January 2017. The centrepiece of the Elbphilharmonie is a stunning 2,100 seat concert hall situated in a unique location in Hamburg’s historic port area. The architects of the new hall were Herzog & de Meuron with the acoustic design by Nagata Acoustics. The Elbphilharmonie will provide the venue for the conference.
It is hoped, schedule permitting, to include a tour and performance at the concert hall during the conference together with a special session on the architectural and acoustical design of the hall. The focus of the conference will be the acoustical design and performance of recent new-build auditoria and refurbishments. All other aspects of auditorium acoustics design, such as simulation, modelling, psychoacoustics and historical analyses, are of interest.
Offers of contributions for oral and poster presentations are invited on acoustic aspects of auditorium design are invited.
These should be sent (preferably by email) in the form of a 200 word abstract to email@example.com by 27 November 2017
Raf Orlowski, Ramboll UK, Chairman
Mike Barron, Fleming & Barron
Evan Green, Kahle Acoustics
Anne Minors, Sound Space Vision
Call for Papers Deadline: 27 November 2017
Notification of Acceptance: 31 January 2018
Full Papers submitted by: 31 August 2018
Located in the flow of the River Elbe at the western point of the HafenCity Hamburg, opposite the Landungsbrücken piers and in close proximity to the Speicherstadt, Kontorhausviertel and Chilehaus UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is positioned between the docks and the city centre, and is regarded as Hamburg’s new landmark. The spectacular, 110-metre-high glass facade rises up like a wave of glass, and literally seems to hover above the rugged brick base of the historic quayside warehouse. With seating for up to 2,100 guests, the Grand Hall is the true centrepiece of the concert hall designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The seats rise in a steep incline to encircle the stage for an entirely new music experience, rooted in acoustic perfection and an unprecedented closeness between artists and concertgoers. An organ with 4,765 pipes also forms part of the Grand Hall. In addition, the complex contains the multifunctional Recital Hall with 550 seats and the interactive »World of Instruments«, housed in the Kaistudios; and there is a hotel with 244 rooms, residential apartments, a multistorey car park, restaurants and cafes.