New building of NOSPR, Katowice

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NOSPR

NOSPR is one of the leading symphonic orchestras in Poland. It exists since 1935. Before II World War it was based in Warsaw, and in 1945 it was reactivated in Katowice, where it is located to this day. The Orchestra gave performances in almost all European countries, and around the world in Asia, Australia and both Americas. In 1999, in recognition of its achievements, it was granted the "National" title, and by 2006 it was transformed into a national institution of culture (it performed earlier as a branch of public Polish Radio).

New venue

New NOSPR venue in Katowice has a perfectly designed acoustics, versatile functionality, and attractive looks. It is equipped with large scale projections system, electro acoustics system, digital signage system, and support system for people with impaired hearing.

NOSPR building is funded by the city of Katowice and the European Union ("Infrastructure and Environment" Operational Programme). Inauguration took place on October 2014. Building holds over 400 premises, with total usable space of over 35.000 square meters.

The NOSPR building itself is a part of lager "cultural axis" planned in Katowice. This axis includes International Congress Centre and Silesian Museum. The entire complex was planned at the former site of Katowice Coal Mine, among its historic buildings. The axis is also supported by nearby famous Spodek hall. Such concentration of cultural institutions in one place is uncommon on European scale.

Design

The NOSPR venue itself is uncommon. The building will have a modern facade, that features a distinct row of brick columns with varying widths meant to associate with the changing rhythms in music. Sides of the columns are red, to reference how the facades were decorated in Nikiszowiec - a miner's district, regarded as historic monument. This way the NOSPR building blends well into the silesian architectural tradition. That approach has won Studio KONIOR architects a prize in the European Commercial Property Awards 2010 competition for the NOSPR building. The building will be surrounded by an entrance square, and a large park with fountain, that during winter will serve as ice skating rink. NOSPR will be connected with neighbouring International Congress Centre by pedestrian/cycling gangway.

The main goal for the NOSPR building design was perfect acoustics. To ensure perfect results, the Nagata Acoustic, one of the best acoustics companies in the world, was enlisted for design process. This Japanese company has designed dozens of grand concert halls in Japan and other countries in Asia, Europe and America. It is known for its complex approach - from preliminary assumptions, through modelling, simulations and construction supervision, up to hall adjustments.

Acoustics as top priority meant a complete structural isolation of main hall from the building itself. The hall "box" is seated on vibration insulators, which protect hall's interior from vibrations and external noise. The hall itself holds 1800 audience seats, and the auditorium's shape is a hybrid form between classic "shoe-box" and more recent "vineyard" designs. The stage itself can hold up to 120 orchestra seats and 100 chorus performers, and is freely configurable using an extensive system of stage lifts. Behind the stage an organ front is located, and above the stage multi-part canopy for sound modelling is located. Hall is equipped also with acoustic chambers, located behind auditorium galleries, that has motorised doors. Together with recording facilities, the NOSPR concert hall became the largest recording studio in Poland.

A second, smaller concert hall has an auditorium for 300 people. Its 80-square-meter stage will fit an orchestra of 20 and a 20-person chorus.

Beside the concert halls and recording studio, the building can also accommodate facilities like conference hall, VIP lounge, restaurant, music shop, music playroom for kids, jazz club, and underground parking lot. The total usable area exceeds 35.000 square meters.

Stage technology

For LTT is was comprehensive, large scale stage technology implementation for a top, world-quality concert hall. Our company was responsible for implementing the entire stage technology in the building, including lower and upper machinery, acoustic elements, multimedia systems, electro-acoustics and lighting.

Besides the delivery, installation, and staff trainings, we provided maintenance designs for power and control installations, for upper and lower machinery, and for electro-acoustics.

Main hall

Main hall holds 1800 audience seats, features a reverb chambers equipped, with remotely opened gates, a movable, multipart canopy, and acoustic banners.

The variety of artists appearing on stage requires flexibility in adaptation to their needs. It is provided by large number of stage lifts. The largest one has half circle shape, located in stage centre. It is surrounded by 20 smaller lifts in symmetrical layout. Upper machinery is comprised of 14 bars, 12 point hoists, and 3 audio speaker hoists.

Hall is illuminated by hundreds of fixtures, including 145 PAR fixtures, 124 profiles, 20 followspots, 92 PC spots, and 50 moving heads. There are also 126 color changers installed. Conventional lighting is powered via dimmers with total capacity of 450 circuits.

Chamber hall

Smaller hall has audience for 300, impressive lighting setup controlled with 100 circuits, and stage machinery consists of 4 lighting hoists, 3 backdrop hosts, and 3 audio speakers hosts.