Munich names its interim acoustician

Munich names its interim acoustician


norman lebrecht

April 27, 2018

Yasuhisa Toyota will be responsible for the sound concept of the Munich’s termporary 1,800-seat hall, designed by Hamburg architects Gerkan, Marg and Partner.

The interim hall, in use while the Gasteig gets a makeover, will cost 30 million Euros.

Toyota (r.) has been responsible for the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.


  • Reinhold Martin says:

    Poor Munich classic fans. Suffering medium quality acoustics in the Philharmonie am Gasteig and now looking forward to such a mess of acoustics as the Elbphilharmonie. It is always the same in this town: spending as much money as possible to get the worst or at best a mediocre like the last three chefs of the M‘Phil following Celi.

  • Andreas C. says:

    So yet another Toyota hall. Expect a poor bass, a generally “compressed” sound (pianissimos and audience noise sound almost amplified, fortissimos turn into an opaque, dull mess) and huge differences in the sound between different sections and seats, which characterize most of his recent work.

  • Sixtus says:

    There is hope, to judge by the images at the architect’s website. The sketches show a basic shoebox hall that, if built as shown, should sound pretty good. It does look a little too wide for optimal timing of lateral reflections (essential for a sense of envelopment) but there are no acoustically self-indulgent asymmetries in the overall plan. As long as Toyota doesn’t mess it up it should be OK. It is described as a temporary structure but I hope it remains standing after Gasteig 2.0 opens. It might just sound better.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    A temporary hall for €30 million?

    Someone explain that to me. What happens to the temporary hall afterwards?

    • Hermann the German says:

      What´s 30 million € in a capital like Munich in a rich country like Bavaria. If you donˋt like its acoustics, go to the Herkules-Saal. Itˋs wonderbar.