Flexible spaces in which creativity can flourish
The magnificent 250 year-old Berlin State Opera House has had an eventful history. Destruction caused during the Wars, and subsequent insensitive reconstruction work, led to a disjointed complex in need of significant renovation.
BuroHappold Engineering was commissioned to work across several aspects of this extensive project, including undertaking the structural design for a new rehearsal centre.
One of the main goals for this rehearsal centre was to guarantee the its acoustic performance. In addition, our client specified that the orchestra, ballet and choir needed to have separate rehearsal rooms, each of which had to adhere to a two-tier layout and be fully adaptable to suit a variety of purposes.
Our engineers worked closely with the architect, questioning concepts so that we could develop designs that responded to these highly specific challenges and requirements. Throughout our work, we used Revit software to assess and improve our designs in a virtual 3D environment. This helped us to ensure our solutions worked in parallel with the rehearsal spaces themselves and produced optimum sound quality.
At the heart of the building are two spacious halls where the technical processes behind each production can be practised. Adjacent to these are the rehearsal stages and production workshops, all of which are stacked side by side and on top of each other to optimise workflow and communication between departments. To secure the best possible acoustic performance from each space, we installed dampers to minimise dynamic impact, and room-in-room solutions to prevent overspill of sound into adjoining areas.
Our interdisciplinary team worked collaboratively with the architect to deliver a cost effective, spatially efficient rehearsal centre that provides musicians, artists and staff with a flexible and inspiring place to work. When it reopens in October 2017, the Berlin State Opera House will once again rank among the world’s leading performance venues.
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