The immense LocHal in Tilburg is currently being completely refurbished. Nevertheless, a special project is also under construction on the inside. In 1989, in the famour former Exchange of Berlage in Amsterdam, architect Pieter Zaanen and structural designer Mick Eekhout realized a concert and rehearsal hall for the Dutch Chamber Music Orchestra: a glass hall with unique structural and acoustic characteristics. The Glass Music Hall won several architectural awards and got international fame. But because of floor capacity the directors have decided to demolish this icon, roughly 25 years after its inauguration.
The glass music venue was bought for the symbolic price of € 1,- by the Municipality of Tilburg from the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. The music room will be given a new home within LocHal. Octatube Services is busy rebuilding the hall. In total, the construction will take 2 to 3 months.
In 1989 the glass music hall was the first large frameless glass construction in the Netherlands. Since it is a music hall, the demands on the acoustics were enormous. The glass room has an acoustic insulating function in relation to the environmental noise. In addition, acoustically absorbent panels, acrylic domes and polyester sails ensure good interior acoustics.
The hall was built especially for the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra, but when the Orchestra left the Beurs van Berlage in 2012, the hall became redundant. At the time, Mick Eekhout made an urgent appeal (see below) to give this special glass construction a new chance. And as a result, demonstrating the possibilities of circularity in construction. There have been many applications, but a jury decided that Tilburg had the best plan in mind with the hall.
The renovation is expected to be completed in December and that the doors will then be opened to the public.
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