Acoustic tests for the future concert hall have started in Zaryadye Landscape Park. They are being carried out with the help of a special physical model, said Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction.
He said that the model is a 1:10 scale model of the concert hall. Air is pumped out of the model and replaced with liquid nitrogen. Special dummies equipped with microphones are used for the tests. Acoustic experts assess the sound using special equipment. “Based on the results of all sessions, the experts will submit a report containing recommendations for further design details and equipment for the concert hall,” the deputy mayor said.
Japanese expert Yasuhisa Toyota is testing the acoustics of the future philharmonic hall. He has already designed over 50 theatres and concert halls around the world, among them the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Richard B. Fisher Centre for the Performing Arts in New York, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg, the Kauffman Centre for the Performing Arts in Kansas City and the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St Petersburg.
Marat Khusnullin added that in-situ concreting is going on in the building. It is to be completed by the end of the month. “Erection of steelwork is continuing, and at the same time the workers have started installing on-site utility systems, ventilation and plumbing,” the head of the city construction complex said.
The big philharmonic hall in Zaryadye Park will seat 1,450–1,550 people (depending on the use of the orchestra pit area). There will also be a rehearsal hall with up to 400 seats (including not more than 80 standing places) for chamber concerts and solo recitals. The area of 23,600 square metres will also house a sound recording studio, a bar and a recreation area with an outdoor terrace.
“We have chosen an unusual design for the hall, with the audience sitting all around the stage. This allows for closer contact between musicians and the audience,” said Moscow Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov.
Zaryadye Park is being built on the site of the demolished Rossiya Hotel near Red Square. It is scheduled to open this year, to mark the 870th anniversary of Moscow. Typical Russian natural zones will be created on the park’s grounds: forest, steppe, floodplain and tundra. They will gradually descend from Varvarka Street to the Moskva River.
Entrance to Zaryadye Park will be free round the clock. Tickets will be sold only to concerts and exhibitions.
The park will contain a soaring bridge, the Ice Cave themed centre, an exhibition complex, a media centre and the Reserved Embassy scientific and educational centre, where Muscovites can learn about botany, biotechnology and microbiology, as well as the secrets of growing plants.