Arsonic, Mons

A home for the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, or the sparkling establishment of contemporary music in a former fire brigade building.

Technische Details

Neubauten   Renovierungen/Umbauten L'Archipel, Arsonic

Ort Mons, Belgium.

Baukosten 4 million €.

Zeitrahmen Architectural competition: 2009. Design: 2010-2011. Opening: Spring 2015.

Bauherr French speaking community of Belgium and City of Mons.

Architekt(en) Étienne Holoffe, Laurent Vermeersch, Holoffe & Vermeersch, Mons  •  Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Niget, Paris.

Theaterplaner Jacques Moyal, Architecture et Technique, France

Zahl der Sitzplätze A 250-seat auditorium for contemporary music with variable configurations and acoustic. Rehearsal rooms, studios and a “chapel of silence” for acoustic installations. Total area 2 500 m².

Nutzung Home for Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, the contemporary music orchestra conducted by Jean-Paul Dessy. Experimental audio and sound recordings, installations, rehearsals and musical performances.

Leistungsumfang Full acoustic concept and detailed design of auditorium and music studios. Performance space with a high degree of variable acoustics and flexibility.

Beteiligte Berater Eckhard Kahle and Thomas Wulfrank, Kahle Acoustics.

01/11ArsonicView of the concert hall with audience on three sides of the stage. Foto © Rino Noviello
02/11ArsonicView from the technical grid onto one the three possible sides for the audience (here, a 52-seat capacity). Concrete walls are covered with poplar strips. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
03/11ArsonicView on the largest seat capacity side and concrete technical grid, surrounded by poplar strips, before the seating installation. Foto © Jean-François Berhin
04/11ArsonicScarce use of wood within the concrete box, aiming at creating a warmer and rounder sound. Foto © Jean-François Berhin
05/11ArsonicProjection screen for seat count reduction to close off the audience on one side. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
06/11ArsonicRehearsal of some musicians of Musiques Nouvelles before the opening night. Use of absorbing acoustic curtains, here half-way down. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
07/11ArsonicOpening night with some members of Musiques Nouvelles. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
08/11ArsonicOpening night with the choirs of Mezza Voce and Via Vocis. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
09/11ArsonicSound sculpture for the Chapel of Silence. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
10/11ArsonicCeiling in the Chapel of Silence. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
11/11ArsonicArsonic, a former fire brigade building, is a place entirely dedicated to sound. Foto © Kahle Acoustics