Extension of Silesian Philharmonic starts

On Tuesday, 14th of September, the building of Silesian Philharmonic had been handed over to the prime contractor, the consortium of Mostostal Warszawa SA and Acciona Infraestructuras SA, and an extension started. The usable area of the existing building (3 186 sq. m) will be increased by 2 066 sq. meters to reach the total surface of 5 252 sq. m. after the modernization.

The investment valued PLN 31,48 million will be concluded in May 2012. “The start of construction works was delayed because of a protest of neighbouring inhabitants. Fortunately, the protest had been dismissed and the valid building permit was upheld. However, legal proceedings caused that the delivery date was changed from end of November 2011 to May 2012” – says Marek Skocza, press spokesman of the Silesian Philharmonic.

Music lovers shall be able to enjoy an organ designed by Prof. Julian Gembalski and air-conditioning of the concert hall and of all interiors. The extended building will offer a new chamber music hall for 110 seats with appropriate stage equipment and a grand piano, conference hall for 40 people, musical café with a Green Garden with 82 seats, store with albums and publications of the Philharmonic, extended ticket-office hall, more comfortable cloakroom, elevators, total liquidation of architectural barriers for the disabled. In the café, a novelty in the whole country’s scale will be stations for listening to archival recordings of the Silesian Philharmonic musicians and to collections of the sound library.

The architectural design was prepared by Consultor Sp. z o.o.

© Silesian Philharmonic, fot. Krzysztof Lisiak; empty spaces of the Philharmonic prepared for the extension