Musikkens Hus

Project name: Musikkens Hus

Project type: Leisure

Location: Aalborg, Denmark

Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au





Musikkens Hus (House of Music) in Aalborg is the new cultural center of the town, and in the northern Jutland region. This impressive piece of architecture, which was officially opened in the Spring of 2014, is designed by the world renowned Austrian architect Coop Himmelb(l)au.


The building is a part of a larger master-plan for renovating the protected area along the waterfront in Aalborg, with a view of the Limfjord. In the middle of Musikkens Hus is the foyer and the concert hall with seating for 1300 guests. Around the concert hall one can find smaller music rooms, rehearsal and classrooms for students of the nearby Aalborg University, the music school and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.


In order to fulfill the buildings musical purpose and to design elegant yet functional rooms was the architects first priority in order to ensure unusually good acoustics. In collaboration with the leading New York-based acoustic consultants Artec Consultants, a lot of time was therefore invested and a lot of effort was put into creating the right acoustic environment – not just for the larger concert hall but also the surrounding rooms.


For the rehearsal rooms, classrooms and other functional areas, Coop Himmelb(l)au wished for a uniform, demountable ceiling, where the perforations would stretch all the way to the edge. Knauf Danoline delved into the task and the result was to be an acoustic ceiling that combined neutral architectural acoustics and optimised reverberation with the suitable degree of sound absorption and sound reflection. This makes it possible for musicians and their teachers to hear music correctly. According to the architects, Contur Unity was chosen due to their sound absorbing qualities and the low installation height.


The installation weight is particularly important for architectural acoustics, as it means that the ceiling height is only reduced by a small amount. Furthermore, it is possible to ensure a clean and uniform ceiling surface as the perforations stretch all the way to the edge of the tiles, whilst also hiding the suspended T-grid. The successful cooperation together with Coop Himmelb(l)au is the inspiration behind our Unity concept. By moving the perforations to the edge of the tile, Unity gains 2 distinct advantages – higher sound absorption as well as a more uniform expression across the ceiling.


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