Maison symphonique de Montréal
A New Home for the OSM
The Maison symphonique de Montréal is the new home of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. This hall was inaugurated on September 7, 2011, by the OSM under Music Director Kent Nagano.
Building the OSM's New Home - A few Landmarks Moments
- Construction work begins in the Fall 2009.
- In 2005, the government of Québec hires experts from the Artec firm as acoustics and theatre designers to develop the project.
- In June 2006, Premier Jean Charest and the Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister responsible for the region of Montréal Line Beauchamp announce the construction of a new concert hall.
- Following a selection process, the Québec government signs a partnership agreement until 2038 with Groupe immobilier Ovation, a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, for the design, construction, funding, operation and maintenance of the new concert hall.
- Spring 2009 sees the demolition work of the parking lot begin, where the future hall will be located.
- Structure is completed in the Summer 2010.
- On September 7, 2011, the OSM inaugurates its new home.
Discover a few Features of Montréal's New Concert Hall
- The concert hall is designed primarily for unamplified music performance. This includes the entire spectrum of a symphony orchestra and also chamber music, thanks to the adjustable systems of the hall. These allow to tailor the stage size to the number of artists performing, and to adjust the acoustical environment with motorized reflectors and sound absorbing cloth. A secondary use for amplified performances and events is also possible.
- The auditorium meets noise criteria N1, in which the background noise level in the hall is not audible to the human ear. This is achieved in part by creating a "box within a box‟ where the hall is structurally separated from everything surrounding it and sits on rubber and steel pads that prevent the transmission of vibration from the outside. Massive wall construction of the interior box is designed to prevent the transmission of exterior noise. The hall's mechanical and electrical systems are also designed not to generate any audible noise.
- The hall is of “shoebox” design, distinguished among other elements by its relatively narrow, high and long straight geometry with audience seating on multiple balcony levels and surrounding the performers. These geometric features have proven to deliver a superior acoustic environment and create an intimate relationship between performers and audience.
- The stage can accommodate up to 120 musicians and a chorus of up to 200 voices.
- The new hall has a seating capacity of up to 2,100 seated spectators including seating for 200 spectators in the choral seating area, when not in use.
- The configuration of the volume of the auditorium, the angles of the walls and their contours, the disposition of the columns, the shape of the balcony facades and the distribution of the audience combine to ensure a very high quality experience both visually and acoustically, for each seat in the hall.
- All surfaces in the auditorium are clad in wood. Beech wood is the main material used in the design, serving both acoustic and visual purposes.
- The design for the OSM's organ is integral to the hall: the array of organ pipes is where architecture and making music meet. The organ is being manufactured in Québec by Casavant Frères, who collaborated with architects Diamond-Schmitt and Ædifica on its visual design.
- The hall is a LEED certified building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), promoting sustainable choices in the quality of environments and environmental site management.