Stavanger Konserthus

The 1 500-seat concert hall Fartein Valen is considered as one of the best halls in the world, along with Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam or KKL in Luzern. Thanks to its variable acoustic volume, it can accommodate symphonic and chamber music as well as contemporary music. Adjacent is a 1 200-seat modular hall for amplified music.

Information Sheet

New Build Stavanger Konserthus

LocationStavanger, Norway.

Project Cost Approximately 75 million €.

Time Frame Architectural competition: 2003. International competition for acoustic consultants: 2007. Design: 2007-2009. Construction: 2009-2011. Opening: September 2012.

Owner City of Stavanger and Nytt Konserthus i Stavanger IKS.

Architect(s) Ratio Arkitekter AS, Oslo, Norway

Theatre Planner(s) Torsten Nobling, AIX Arkitekter, Stockholm, Sweden

Seat Count 1 500-seat concert hall, mainly for classical and contemporary music with a 4 554-pipe organ by Ryde & Berg; a 1 200-seat multi-purpose hall, mainly for amplified music. Total area 12 000 m².

Uses Symphony concerts (Stavanger Symphony Orchestra), recitals, contemporary music festival; various musical and theatrical uses for the multi-purpose room, for both standing and seated audience.

Services Acoustic consulting services for the entire project, including collaboration on basic design.

Team Eckhard Kahle, Yann Jurkiewicz, Kahle Acoustics. In collaboration with Henrik Möller, Akukon Oy, Helsinki (multi-purpose hall) and Tønnes Ognedal, Svein Folkvord, Sinus AS, Stavanger (building acoustics, local supervision and coordination).

01/10Stavanger KonserthusView, from the hall, to the “hit and miss” wood battem screen. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
02/10Stavanger KonserthusView from the choir balcony. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
03/10Stavanger KonserthusFirst rehearsal of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in the new hall, conducted by Chief Conductor Steven Sloane. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
04/10Stavanger KonserthusStavanger Symphony Orchestra conducted Fabio Biondi, Chief Conductor for baroque and classical repertoire. Detail of acoustic reflectors above stage. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
05/10Stavanger KonserthusView from the first balcony. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
06/10Stavanger KonserthusView from the third balcony. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
07/10Stavanger KonserthusDetail of side balcony, acoustic down-stand reflectors and rear balconies. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
08/10Stavanger KonserthusView from stage into audience area and to the three rear balconies. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
09/10Stavanger KonserthusArchitect Per Christian Brynildsen, Ratio Arkitekten AS, explaining the concept of the hall to journalists and users. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
10/10Stavanger KonserthusStavanger Konserthus. Photo © KFB Polska