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A Pantheon for Hannover - Germany's biggest classical concert hall is fit for the future

Hannover Congress Centrum, Kuppelsaal
HCCE member the Hannover Congress Centrum (HCC) will open the doors of its recently restored historic Kuppelsaal. It is not only the largest classical concert hall in Germany, but a modern event and concert venue for all meeting, incentive, conference and event (MICE) customer requirements.

After about six months of construction and deadlines - HCC opened on the 28th January the completely reconstructed historic domed hall. Renovation began mid-July 2015 on the largest gravity classical concert hall in Germany to both visually and acoustically optimise the space. The costs amounted to about €7 million, of which the region of Hanover gave a million euros in grants.

The visual goal of the rebuild was to unite a century of different architecture. So perched above the second place - in the spirit of HCC-builder Paul Bonatz - a golden goddess of light with twelve zodiac signs. "Our visitors are now seeing the light goddess as central counterpart to the main stage," explains HCC Director Joachim König. The design elements of the first renovation under Ernst Zinsser 1962 with its dark wood dominate especially the lower ranks and the stage backdrop.

But not only visually a lot has happened in the HCC. Seating and stage technology has improved: the 2,000 fixed seats have been completely renovated and 1,600 new chairs to allow for variable seating options added - a special addition for the HCC. The event technology in the stage area can be adapted to the requirements of different events, thanks to the revision of the suspension and pulling points.

The completely revised lighting concept is flexible and enables new spatial experiences. Pendant lights above the stage create a transparent cloud of light; thanks to special spotlights an attractive background layer forms on the stage back wall and spots accentuate the light goddess and her zodiac sign, while a glimmer of blue light is directed at the ceiling opening in the middle of the room.

To improve the acoustics, the old ceiling above the stage was replaced by ten small reflectors. These can be adjusted in height and can be customized to all acoustic requirements. The first NDR concert performed in the new domed hall with this technology was with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and was described as "rich, crystal clear and direct."

"Distinctiveness and competitiveness is the future of event spaces, Therefore, the Kuppalsaal is not only a successful illustration of the past 100 years, but also our response for the future:" said HCC Director Joachim König

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