The festival hall’s geometry develops from the
surrounding topography and places the building and the already existing
festival hall in juxtaposition.
Its positioning relates to the existing landscape, the dynamic gesture of the
historical counterpart, as well as the background rock formations. The
topographic imprinting in the landscape continues inside the building where two
central parameters direct the architectural approach: the interplay between the
building’s interior and the surrounding nature as well as the concentrated,
spatial composition of a functionally optimised concert hall of international
Flowing visual and functional spatial references define the design method:
Spaces of different zoning and configurations implement the focus on
communication and peace,
dynamics and concentration.
Architectural conditions in the building’s interior are devolved into a subtle
control of the motion sequences through their sensual perception. The access
staircase is integrated into the terrain’s topography and leads visitors into
the building’s interior. The foyer allows a wide range of impressions of the
surrounding natural environment as well as to the existing summer festival
In the opposite direction, a staircase leads to the gallery on the level above
where the relationship between interior and exterior relations is once again
impressively experienced by the extensively glass-fronted western facade.
Secondary functions of the building are also located at the upper level.
Paths and spatial layout are designed both
functionally as well as atmospherically: vast communication zones, narrowing
and widening circulation areas and varying ceiling heights translate the
tectonic building geometry in a sensually comprehensible way.
Coherently, the approach to the concert hall is effectively emphasized by the
gentle rise of the entry level. The concert hall, which is situated at the
centre of the building like a shell and is anchored to the rock at the back, is
connected to the foyer via two accesses on each level.
The passage from the foyer into the concert hall is accompanied by a spatial
and atmospheric transformation: Dynamics, variability and asymmetry of the
foyer give way to highest concentration, static peace and orthogonality.