Maison de la Radio, Auditorium

Opening Year 2014
Location Paris, France
Capacity 1,461 seats
Architect AS.Architecture-Studio
Owner Radio France
User Orchestre National de France
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Choeur de Radio France
Maîtrise de Radio France
Construction Cost EUR 35M (Auditorium only)

Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio is an entirely new concert hall dedicated to the performance of classical music, built as part of the overall refurbishment of the Paris-headquarter of French national radio broadcasting organization Radio France, opened in 1963. It was designed to serve as the residence of the 4 musical ensembles of the organization, including the two full-sized orchestras Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

A competition held in 2005 awarded the design of the refurbishment and new Auditorium to Paris-based firm AS.Architecture-Studio. Within the constraints of a tight site in the middle of an existing building, the room shape of the Auditorium developed based on a central stage surrounded by audience on all sides and with 2 levels of balconies, thus creating an exceptional proximity between the audience and the musicians, and a deep sense of intimacy. In addition to computer simulation studies conducted during design phases to develop the room shape in details, a 1:10 physical scale model was built for acoustical studies.

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