In January of 2010, the Joint Venture Team of Ian Simpson Architects, Kirkegaard, and Bureau Bouwtechniek was awarded this project after competing and winning the international architectural competition for the redesign Queen Elizabeth Hall in Antwerp, Belgium. The new design provides a world-class concert hall and conference facility for the KMDA, the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, and the deFilharmonie, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra.
Our basic goal was to transform Queen Elizabeth Hall into one of the world’s most admired concert halls in terms of its acoustics, its architecture, and its capabilities to accommodate a wide range of performance, theatrical productions, and conference activities. Quality of acoustics for symphonic performances has been the strongest driving force for the project and a very strong design determinant in our team’s Competition and Final design.
The Competition brief called for the new multi-purpose hall to accommodate the following formats:
Orchestral Format: approx. 1930 seats
Theatrical Format: approx. 1850 seats
Conference Format: approx. 2050 seats
In addition to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, there are important support spaces that have significant acoustic performance requirements. Among these spaces are Loos Hall, the large ensemble space, and individual rehearsal spaces as well as dressing rooms and backstage support spaces.