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National Forum of Music

Architectural design inspired by shape of a music instrument, foyer resembling piano keys, perfect acoustics and total area of over 48,000 sqm - new building of National Forum of Music in Wrocław is a truly exciting space.

Bullet Architect: Kuryłowicz & Associates

The project

The National Forum of Music in the historic city  of Wrocław is the largest multi-purpose centre  in the Polish province of Lower Silesia. The main  aim of the client, a public institution comprising  the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage  and the city and regional authorities, was to create  a modern concert space for 11 instrumental and  vocal groups in the region as well as to host  national and international music events.

This prestigious development, with six storeys  above and three storeys below ground, has  four concert halls, one with 1,800 seats and the  others designed for audiences of between 250  and 450, as well as a recording studio, rehearsal  rooms, conference and office facilities and an  underground car park. There is also an adjacent  three-storey car park.



As part of a multidisciplinary team of engineering  practices providing different services, we  provided the full scope of mechanical services  design. It was crucial to coordinate fully with  the other team members, and in particular the  acoustics consultant, as maintaining the various  spaces’ sound quality was the main challenge for  the mechanical services.

Our solutions

We made several improvements to the design  to address the issue of noise generation by the  technical equipment. These included designing  larger than standard fan coils for a number of  critical spaces in the building, reducing noise  pollution by enabling a lower rotational speed of  the fans. In other spaces we added suppressors  on the delivery side of the induction units to  absorb the noise emitted by the fittings.

We also applied several energy-efficient  solutions. The ventilation equipment is fitted  with a heat recovery system from exhaust air and  carbon dioxide sensors in the small concert halls  reduce air supply at times when the spaces are  not in use. In addition, the systems in the main  concert hall can be individually stopped when  not needed. The air handling units have been  equipped with inverters which enable air intake to  be limited when the building is not fully used.



Grzegorz Wieczorek
Grzegorz Wieczorek Director of Operations