Bochum, Germany

The Musikforum is the new home for the Bochumer Symphoniker, with a 950-seat concert hall and a 300-seat flexible rehearsal and performance space. The former church at the center of the building has become a multifunctional foyer, a central meeting space for musical minds, and will be used for concerts and installations. The center is also used by the youth orchestra and other ensembles of the music school.

The project, initially developed by Frans Swarte when still with Ducks Scéno, was continued by The Space Factory from the Construction Documents phase through Construction Administration and Commissioning in a consulting team led by Müller-BBM. Local partner ITV-mbH in Berlin assured the technical documentation and site support.

Architects — Bez + Kock, Stuttgart, Germany
Owner — City of Bochum, Bochum, Germany
Acousticians — Müller-BBM and Kahle Acoustics
Scenographer — The Space Factory (Ducks Scéno through 2014)
Local theater consultant — ITV mbH
Project area — 10,000 m2 NFA
Construction cost — 30 M Euro
Theater equipment cost — 1.6 M Euro
Inaugurated 28 October 2016

Awards — Architekturpreis NRW 2018 by BDA Nordrhein-Westfalen