CITÉ DE LA MUSIQUE
The Cité de la Musique in Geneva will become the new home for the renowned Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Haute École de la Musique. The new building will include a 1,500-seat concert hall, a 300-400 seat recital hall that can also accommodate small-scale lyric theater productions, a 150-seat music lab/studio theater, and several rehearsal rooms, and recording studio.
The project, designed by PA Dupraz and Goncalo Byrne, is developed along a diagonal axis that contains the primary circulations, with on one side the three main performance spaces, and on the other side the school of music. The smart arrangement of the school along this diagonal assures public access to the larger studios and sufficient privacy for education and study. The program includes a library for music and media.
The Concert Hall and the adjacent backstage areas will become the new home for the OSR orchestra. The hall’s morphology builds on the vineyard-style audience arrangement, with the audience wrapping around the stage, providing short sightlines and a closer connection between performers and audience.
The other spaces are primarily used by the HEM and provide ample flexibility for the rehearsal and performance of any type of music. The blackbox music space will allow electro-acoustical experimentation, and become the primary space for music research. The Grand Studio is fitted with a small orchestra pit and a retractable seating system, making the space suitable for a range of configurations, with seated and standing audience.
The rehearsal studios have a more classical conservatory character, and provide several orientations: organ and choir, percussion, auditorium and general rehearsal. The building provides, beyond the formal music spaces many opportunities for ad-hoc and informal performance, such as an exposition space, the library, the foyers and the adjacent park.
The Space Factory is member of the design team of architects and engineers, and responsible for the overall scenography as well as the design of all stage machinery, theater technology, and the stage lighting and media systems of the project.