Royal Festival Hall – London Open House

September has been quite a pleasant month; it makes up for August’s weather inconsistencies. I had plans to be a man about town and check out various sites for the London Open House this past weekend. But I have been laid low by a head cold.

But I did drag myself out of bed for a tour of the Royal Festival Hall as part of the London Open House these chances only come around once a year; I spurred myself on. I took part of a 45 minute guided tour of the renovation work going on. In fact, all the people who took the tour had to sign a document about health and safety and don hard hats and brightly coloured vests. The work is to be completed in June 2007. We got to see quite a bit of the building inside and even went up into the top of the site and could practically touch the new ceiling. The acoustics will be improved when done; the architect who gave the tour was saying how many musicians did not particularly like playing in the festival hall for it’s acoustics. One of the challenges is that the hall is used for both acoustic and amplified music; depending on the nature of the performance certain curtains etc. would be lowered to change how the sound works. It struck me that it is quite specialised work to do architecture for concerts hall.

Royal Festival hall Refurbishment

2 Comments so far

  1. WA (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    The open house seems to be a huge success, we managed to see a couple of buildings wish we could have done more. Maybe next year

  2. Sean (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 10:16 am

    Get yourself a marshalls badge, offer to help out a building then with this badge you can queue jump to your hearts content. we did this two years ago with the gherkin. The looks we got as we walked strtight the front and just flashed our badges. The queue atb this stage was wrapped right around the building. I swear there was no room left in my back for all the daggers that were lodged there. ;-) Great feeling though.

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