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Carnal Hall at Le Rosey / Bernard Tschumi Architects

  • 03:00 - 9 September, 2015
Carnal Hall at Le Rosey / Bernard Tschumi Architects
Carnal Hall at Le Rosey / Bernard Tschumi Architects, © Iwan Baan
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  • Design Team

    Bernard Tschumi, Kate Scott, Joel Rutten, Christopher Lee, Jocelyn Froimovich, Bart-Jan Polman, Jerome Haferd, Paul-Arthur Heller, Clinton Peterson, Emmanuel Desmazières, Nianlai Zhong, Olga Jitariouk, Colin Spoelman, Kim Starr, Grégoire Giot, Dustin Brugmann, Taylor Burgess, Sheena Garcia, Sung Yu, Pierre-Yves Kuhn, Alison McIlvride, Jessica Myers
  • Local Architect

    Fehlmann Architectes (Serge Fehlmann, Nicolas Engel, Christophe Faini, Julio Rodriguez, Julien Camandona, Jean-Jacques le Mao, Victor Goncalves)
  • Engineers (Schematic Design, Design Development)

    ARUP (Ray Quinn)
  • Mechanical and Plumbing, Structure

    David Farnsworth, Michelle Roelofs
  • Acoustics

    D’Silence Acoustique SA / Facades - Biff SA
  • Audiovisual, Lighting, Theater, Facades/ Envelopes Swiss Consultants (Execution)

    Mechanical, Plumbing Engineers – Sorane SA
  • Structural Engineers

    Alberti Ingénieurs SA
  • Electric, Security, Fire Engineers

    Scherler SA
  • Wood Conceptor / Engineer, Concert Hall

    Schwab System SA
  • Site Surveyor Engineers

    Bureau d’études D. Belotti
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Karakas et Français SA
  • Ground Engineers

    Impact-Concept SA
  • More SpecsLess Specs
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From the architect. The new building infuses the campus with a contemporary architectural image while nevertheless maintaining the qualities that have made the school a revered institution. How can it remain sufficiently abstract to avoid being caught in a formal battle with the existing surroundings? A further question pertains to the program requirements—a concert hall, music conservatory, art studios, learning center, black-box theater, library, offices, guest rooms, and so on. Should you scatter them around the site or will you find a common denominator among them?

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We felt the various aspects of the program should intersect in one single place, and proposed a low-lying, flat dome—a metal envelope that seems to emerge from out of the landscape, shining by day and reflecting ambient campus light by night.

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© Iwan Baan

From the air, the dome appears as a distinctive object, but at ground level its curvature fits into the landscape. In plan, its shape recalls a rose or rosette—a fitting allusion for Le Rosey.

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© Iwan Baan

The aim of the distribution of activities is clarity and legibility. On arrival, the visitor encounters the main concert or performance hall, the conference rooms, and the black- box theater. To the left are ground-floor educational spaces. To the right is access to the learning center and the restaurant, which also has an independent entrance located near its terrace. A series of side openings articulates the periphery. A forecourt to the main entrance and the concert hall is located along the west facade.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Figure-ground studies in plan and section show the role played by solids and voids, objects in space, or spaces within objects in Carnal Dome.

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© Iwan Baan

Located at the center of a semi-spherical void, a complex solid object contains four rectangular voids: the concert hall, black-box theater, music rehearsal room, and library. The void between the dome and this central object is a dynamic space of movement and fluent exchange. In contrast, the four voids inside the central object are intentionally static.

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© Iwan Baan

The architectural concept articulates the building into three parts: first, the dome with its steel structure and stainless-steel outer envelope; second, the base with two carefully detailed concrete levels accommodating art studios, practice rooms, learning center, backstage, and all offices; and third, the wooden core containing the concert hall, black-box theater, music rehearsal room, and library.

Section AA
Section AA
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Section DD
Section DD

Materials played a role in conceptualizing the project: the most important part of the program, the concert hall, fits under the dome and is clad inside and outside in pressed chipboard wood (OSB) panels to contrast with the metal outer envelope. This double- envelope strategy also helps isolate the concert hall acoustically, so as to mitigate noise from nearby rail lines.

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Each material is expressed and detailed specifically to reinforce the concept of the wooden box under a steel dome. Glass is present only as a vertical separation between exterior and interior or public and private and (in alternatively transparent or reflective forms) as a screen.

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5 Comments

Empress Kray Kray de 3rd · September 10, 2015

Look I see late 1980s Japanese spaceship!

ion · September 10, 2015

Is there a reason why the company responsible for the acoustic design of the concert hall is not cited in this article ?
For those who want the full and correct information, go to: http://www.architectmagazine.c...

Acoustics: Arup (design); D’Silence Acoustique (execution)
Audiovisual and Theater: Arup
Façade: Arup (design); Biff (execution)

TZ · September 10, 2015

Another circular plan from Tschumi, along with the Zenith de Rouen and the Alesia Museum.

June Hong · September 09, 2015

Buried R2D2

Bitter_pill · September 09, 2015

used to read Tschumi as an architecture student back in the 90s but don't see any of his ideas in his recent works.

Bassel · September 09, 2015 03:49 PM

I guess he got over deconstructivism, or the the notion of architecture as the physical realization of a philosophical theory entirely. His recent work is becoming more unassuming, subtle and masterfully detailed.

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