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.

Antwerp's Queen Elisabeth Hall brings a new world-class concert hall and conference space to life within the shell of the existing facility. This new concert venue seats 1,900 in a flexible music, conference, and theatre space serving the KMDA (the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp), and deFilharmonie, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra. Quality of acoustics for symphonic performances has been the strongest driving force behind this endeavour. The project also incorporated the renovation of Loos Hall, providing large ensemble and individual rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms and backstage support spaces. BREEAM Certification is in progress.
Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Sound Isolation
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Ian Simpson Architects, Design Architect, London, England
Charcoalblue, Theater Consultant, London, England
1,900-seat venue
Antwerp