Elisabeth Concert hall Antwerp
In 1897 a Great Concert Hall was built at the Antwerp Astridplein next to the Zoo and the central station. Initiated by the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, it was replaced in 1960 by the Queen Elizabeth Hall, famous for its excellent acoustics and its ideal dimensions. This international landmark in the heart of Antwerp has a unique atmosphere, especially linking up with the historical infrastructure of the surrounding Zoo.
The Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp developed the idea of building a new concert and congress hall and asked the Vlaams Bouwmeester (Flanders Government Architect) in 2009 to organize a European Open call. After the procedure, the jury identified, Ian Simpson’s design team from Manchester as best candidate. He created an inspiring, flexible and powerful building with great attention to energy conservation. The building is bright and elegant and relates with the existing historic buildings and the Astridplein. Simpson collaborated with world authority in acoustics, Kirkegaard Associates (Chicago).
The new Elisabeth Concert Hall hosts the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and reopened its doors in November 2016.
Joris Scheers was deputy Flanders Government Architect between 2008-2010 and chaired the Open call jury on the Elisabeth Concert Hall in 2009.
more info: Interview of Ian Simpson about the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center and the Concert Hall
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