A development of the new seat of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra will cost a PLN 259 million and is scheduled to commence in 2011. At present, Konior Studio, awarded main prize in 2008 at an international architectural competition for the project of the building, is under the design work. Is intended to finish the works in 2010 and afterwards, a motion for the building permit can be filed in the City Hall.
Konior Studio has enlisted the Japanese Nagata Acoustics known for such work as the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The company is advising the Studio about the best solutions for the design of the Grand Concert Hall – the heart of the NPRSO building. Acousticians visited Katowice and got the feel of the project and the building site. Additionally, the company took part in a two-days workshop concerning the sugestions of NPRSO’s musicians and conductors. The building’s acoustic also has been designed by Pracownia Akustyczna from Wrocław responsible for the project of Wrocław Opera and the previous Konior’s realization of “Symfonia” in Katowice, the extension of the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy.
The new seat of the NPRSO is predicted to be opened in 2013.