Classic up close

The Andermatt Concert Hall is a true jewel. Its architecture creates unusual perspectives and offers views of the alpine world. At the same time, it is characterised by an architectural openness in that it does not distinguish between the backstage and the audience areas, and there is no barrier formed by any raised stage. This in turn leads to a special degree of familiarity. The audience seats are generally arranged in tiered rows so that everyone has a good view of the performers. There is hardly any other event space of this size in which the audience can get as close to the musicians – and thus to the music itself – as in the Andermatt Concert Hall.

The Andermatt Concert Hall was inaugurated in 2019 with a brilliant concert by the Berlin Philharmonic. This world-class forum for music represents a further showpiece for Andermatt. The Andermatt Concert Hall was designed by Studio Seilern Architects, led by Christina Seilern and realised by Andermatt Swiss Alps and BESIX, Belgium.The auditorium, awash with natural light and with seating for about 550, offers an intimate atmosphere and features a flexible stage with space for a symphony orchestra .

Kahle Acoustics and Ducks Scéno, who were responsible for the acoustics and the auditorium design, also designed the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris. London-based Studio Seilern Architects also designed, among others, the Annenberg Centre for the Performing Arts at Wellington College in the UK. As former head of the London branch of Rafael Viñoly Architects, Christina Seilern was responsible for major projects, including 20 Fenchurch in London, the Curve Performing Arts Centre in Leicester, the Mahler 4 Office Tower in Amsterdam, and the Wageningen University Plant Research Centre in the Netherlands.