The Design of the Multifunctional Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Zagreb

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Marko Horvat

University of Zagreb

Tuesday 2 june, 2015, 17:00 - 17:20

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The Academy of music of the University of Zagreb is an institution with 90 years of history and tradition in education. However, a building suitable for their needs was finished and opened only in 2014. The 12,000 m<sup>2</sup> of available space host many music facilities, such as rehearsal rooms, teaching cabinets, two small recital concert halls, and a larger multifunctional concert hall. This paper gives an overview of the design process of the multifunctional concert hall with a volume of 2,500 m<sup>3</sup>, and variable number of seats for up to 300 visitors. Due to space constraints, it was not possible to build more than one hall of this size in the building. Therefore, it had to be designed to serve several purposes: as a concert hall for chamber music orchestras, organ music and full symphony orchestra performances, operas, but also as a drama theater, cinema, and a space for speech-based events. For these reasons, the use of elements responsible for changing the acoustics of the hall was proposed and implemented. The complete and detailed design process of the hall will be presented. Limitations and the solutions implemented to overcome them will be discussed. a

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