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Arup participates in visionary Turkish arts centre

The centre incorporates a 1,100-seat concert hall, a 300-seat recital hall and visual art gallery spaces. The concert hall will host regular concerts by the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra and performances from artists based all over the world.

The acoustics and venue planning were an integrated part of the design from the outset, reports Arup, the goal being the creation of a building with world-class facilities from an affordable budget.

Notable features include a platform lift in the main hall that can be used to extend the performance area, or expand the seating capacity of the stalls where a larger performance area is not required

The hall also incorporates remotely operated acoustic banners and drapes to reduce reverberation, along with upstage panels that can be rotated to be sound-reflecting or absorbing depending on the performance type.

The venue’s opening performance saw US jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater being accompanied by the Istanbul Big Band.

To read II’s coverage of the aforementioned Fusionopolis project, click here.