London-based Studio Seilern has won the go-ahead for a new £4.7 million concert hall, 1,437m above sea level in the Swiss Alpine village of Andermatt
The scheme will rework an existing building in the heart of the village square by lifting a major section of its roof and ‘increasing the effective acoustic volume’ from 2,000m³ to 3,500m³.
The project is part of a wider development to transform the traditional skiing resort into ‘one of the world’s finest year-round destinations’.
According to the practice, the proposals will convert the original venue, which had been predominantly used for conventions and events, into a state-of-the-art concert hall capable of hosting large orchestral concerts.
The extended roof will create a covered plaza and an extra entrance to the concert hall from the neighbouring hotels.
Studio Seilern Architects founder Christina Seilern said: ‘It has been an honour for us to work on this exceptionally unique project. The Andermatt Concert Hall will be a world-class facility set to rival cultural counterparts in Europe’s top capitals, providing Andermatt’s visitors and residents with a new cultural hub right in the heart of the historic village.’
Work is expected to start in January next year and complete by September.
Plan seilern andermatt
Location Andermatt, Switzerland
Type of project Concert hall
Client Besix / Andermatt Swiss Alps
Architect Studio Seilern Architects
Landscape architect Synaxis
Structural engineer Suisseplan
M&E consultant BESIX
Quantity surveyor BESIX
Lighting consultant Michael Josef Heusi
Fire consultant AFC
Main contractor BESIX
Start on site date January 2018
Completion date October 2018
Gross internal floor area Level 0 126m², level B1 750m², level B2 1,344m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Total cost 6.3 million CHF (£4.7 million)
Construction start January 2018
Completion September 2018