1:10 scale model of NPRSO arrived

While designing the new seat of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konior Studio invited to cooperation the Stangel company which built a model of the concert hall in 1:10 scale. As from tomorrow, the model will be available for sightseers in the atrium of the Altus building at 13 Uniwersytecka St.

The model was built to conduct acoustic tests. Only three concert halls in Europe – in Copenhagen, Paris and Hamburg – were designed using this type of model. The tests were conducted by Nagata Acoustics from Japan. The company is known for designing such concert halls as Suntory Hall in Toronto, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen.

Everything had to be the same as it will be in the real hall including materials, proportions, number of audience. To imitate the music lovers, almost 1 700 small puppets were seated in the auditorium. Using small microphones, speakers and even pot-hangers to stimulate an airflow, the wooden construction was studied by Nagata.

The model is 6 meters long, 3,5 meters high and wide. It weighs nearly 4,5 tons. The wooden hall had been built in Aleksandrów Łódzki, Poland where the test were conducted. Lately, it was dismantled and transported to Katowice to be exhibited and promote the project.

The National Polish Radio Sypmhony Orchestra’s new seat worth PLN 265 million will be opened in 2013 (bidding procedure to choose a prime contractor is in progress at present).

© City Hall of Katowice; Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Director of the National Polish Radio Syphony Orchestra, watching the 1:10 scale model
© City Hall of Katowice; Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Director of the National Polish Radio Syphony Orchestra, watching the 1:10 scale model

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