Photography: David Willen

Musikhaus von Roll, Bern

“Bracing spatial figure”

The listed power station is a witness that contributes to the balance between old and new on the vonRoll site. In the new House of Music the foyer creates a system public routes at the centre of the future campus.


Between the existing building envelope and the new loadbearing spatial figure in the interior, the music rooms are made as chambers that offer ideal acoustic conditions. Through the way they integrate the riser zones the internal walls lend the corridor spaces a rhythm.


Prestressed, differently coloured cement brick walls provide earthquake stability and, through the light-coloured mortar joints, produce a sensual atmosphere. In the interior this quality is strengthened by the new windows with natural wood frames, while the delicate historical glazing preserves the industrial character externally.

Photography: Walter Mair

Photography: David Willen

Photography: David Willen

Photography: David Willen

Photography: David Willen

Address

Fabrikstrasse 4, 3012 Bern

Client

Amt für Grundstücke und Gebäude des Kantons Bern

Commission

University house of music

Procedure

Competition 2004, 1. Prize

Award

best architects 2019

Planning period

2004–2018

Photography

David Willen, Walter Mair

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