The new concert hall designed by Steven Holl's architectural studio in cooperation with Architecture Acts has the potential to become a symbol of the city of Ostrava. Like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Sydney Opera House. The top-notch hall will certainly be an attraction not only for first-class musicians. The Ostrava orchestra will also be able to grow artistically, and Ostrava will thus acquire a high-quality export item. And the people of Ostrava will finally hear their orchestra as it really sounds.
The new building should serve mainly as a quality public space for the inhabitants of the city of Ostrava and its surroundings, it should become a base for the orchestra, which is an integral part of this city, and thus enable its fundamental artistic development. It should provide the background for the Leoš Janáček International Music Festival or the Ostrava Days of New Music. It should be a space for communication with anyone who shows interest in culture. It should significantly enhance cultural events throughout the region.
For the former industrial city, the new building will have an undeniable economic benefit. Let's look at similar examples from other countries. The most surprising aspect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is its impact on the city's economy. In this context, we talk about the so-called "Bilbao effect". The city contributed $ 100 million to the construction of the museum, and in the first three years alone, the museum was visited by 4 million tourists. The construction proved to be a clearly promising investment with a quick return.
Opinions of personalities
"I'm really looking forward to the new concert hall in Ostrava. The great Ostrava music audience as well as the musicians deserve such a place at last. Leoš Janáček is murmuring happily in heaven above."
"By building a new concert hall, Ostrava will strengthen its position as a cultural centre and join the ranks of important European cities in which new concert halls already stand. Those with top architecture and acoustics are always an impulse not only for the development of culture and education in the place, but also a magnet for tourists. The last truly full-fledged concert hall is the Prague Rudolfinum, built at the end of the 19th century. I believe that our hall will also attract with its architecture, sound and program for at least the same length of time," the mayor of Ostrava Tomáš Macura is convinced.
“Ostrava is literally bravely fighting for the highest places on the country's cultural map. And it's doing great! The times have come when the perception of the city, not only at home but also abroad, (not every city can succeed in such a thing!) has moved to a higher level. The new concert hall will provide Ostrava with a hallmark of a metropolis. It will be new, necessary and beautiful. The design is perfect, splendid and magnificent. It will become an icon and another landmark of the city. Ostrava deserves it. It will not only be a sanctuary for those who are looking for tones of greats, but also a magnet for visitors. Just keep going - Ostrava must have a dignified space for the presentation of art."