Tonhalle Maag – the concert hall for classical music in Zurich-West

The Tonhalle Maag is a temporary concert hall. First and foremost, it will serve as an interim venue for the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich from 2017 to 2020, during which the Tonhalle and Kongresshaus Zurich will be refurbished. However, the Tonhalle Maag is also available to other operators.

Konzertsaal Tonhalle Maag (Foto: Hannes Henz)
Konzertsaal Tonhalle Maag (Foto: Hannes Henz)
Konzertfoyer Tonhalle Maag (Foto: Hannes Henz)

The Tonhalle Maag is a temporary concert hall. First and foremost, it will serve as an interim venue for the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich from 2017 to 2020, during which the Tonhalle and Kongresshaus Zurich will be refurbished. However, the Tonhalle Maag is also available to other operators.

Apart from the concert hall, a foyer with a ticket office and cloakrooms as well as numerous rooms for the orchestra and administration were inserted into the existing industrial structure of the former Maag gearwheel factory.

The Zurich-based architecture firm of Spillmann Echsle Architekten was responsible for the conversion. The architects have ensured that the building’s industrial past remains clearly visible in all adjoining spaces. By contrast, the concert hall, which was inserted into the former Maag Event Hall as a large «box» made of varnished spruce wood, is timelessly serene and elegant. Music is the focus here.

The globally renowned Munich-based acoustics company Müller-BBM was hired to design the acoustics in this unusual concert hall.

The multifunctional stalls are designed for flexible seating plans. The entire space is encircled by a gallery with permanent seating. The concert hall can accommodate a total of just over 1,200 people.

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