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Moscow International House of Music

Home to the world famous Russian violinist and conductor, Vladimir Spivakov’s Virtuosi of Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the International House of Music is one of the largest concert halls in the world. It also has the distinction of being the first concert hall built for classical music in the city of Moscow during the last 100 years.

The building encompasses a 1,800 seat grand philharmonic concert hall, a 575 seat chamber music concert hall, a 532 seat multifunctional theatre, as well as several rehearsal rooms of various sizes, audio-visual recording studios, restaurants, cafes, shops, administrative premises and a two-story underground car park.

Following the award of the turnkey contract, the construction began in March 2001 and was completed by year-end 2002. The total construction area is 48,000 m2. The primary component of the music house is a rounded spatial structure topped with a cupola, formed by an elegant blend of glass and stainless-steel architectural elements.

In the interior decoration of the building, wooden elements were widely used to provide superior acoustics. The structure accommodates two of the three concert halls, configured with one atop the other, each designed with separate entrances and lobbies.

One of the rehearsal halls is large enough to accommodate a philharmonic orchestra and allows for the highest possible quality audio recordings. To this end, for protection from external vibrations, the concert and rehearsal halls have all been isolated from the ground by inserting special neoprene elements between the lower and upper parts of the load-bearing structures.

This grand music house first opened its doors to guests in December 2002. Since 2003, this magnificent venue has welcomed numerous celebrated Russian and international musicians, artists and orchestras to perform under its cupola.

Project Description

Moscow International House of Music

  • Turn-key Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction

Project Features

Scope of Work
Turn-key Engineering, Procurement, Construction
Client
Moscow Government
Key Quantities
Total Floor Area 47,000 m²
Project Duration
Start Date 01.11.2000
Finish Date 01.12.2002
Duration 25 Months

Location

Moscow, Russian Federation
UNIQUE CHALLENGES
  • The complex was designed to be the home for the most sophisticated concerts and activities in Moscow.
  • Unique design and engineering were undertaken for the acoustic and sound systems.
  • The treble clef sculpture on the top of the building was designed by the Russian sculptor and architect, Mr. Zurab Tsereteli, and installed using a helicopter lift.
  • The pipe organ inside the philharmonic hall was specifically designed and produced in Germany.
ENKA SCOPE OF SERVICES

Design

  • Civil  and Architectural Working Design
  • Façade
  • Mechanical Working Design
  • Electrical Working Design
  • Interior Design

Construction

  • Civil  and Architectural Works
  • Façade Works
  • Mechanical Works
  • Electrical Works
  • Interior Works
SIGNIFICANT FEATURES AND ACCOMPLISHMENT
  • One of the largest concert halls in the world with 1,800 seats.
  • The first concert hall built in Moscow for classical music in the last 100 years.

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