History & architecture

History Sibelius Hall was completed in 2000, set around the birthplace of Lahti's industrial history, where the merchants Carl J Unonius and Knut Hj Cassel started a steam sawmill in 1869. The timber from the Lake Päijänne area was transported to Lahti for processing and was

Lahden Sibeliustalo, Vesijärven rannalla

History & architecture

History & architecture

History

Sibelius Hall was completed in 2000, set around the birthplace of Lahti's industrial history, where the merchants Carl J Unonius and Knut Hj Cassel started a steam sawmill in 1869. The timber from the Lake Päijänne area was transported to Lahti for processing and was further transported by rail to the rest of the world. Factory operations in the harbour area ceased in the 1980s and thereafter efforts for the current harbour marketplace began.  

  • Sibelius Hall opened on 9th March 2000

Architecture

The impressive wooden concert- and congress centre rose on the Vesijärvi waterfront in spring 2000. Its architects, Hannu Tikka and Kimmo Lintula, explained that the main source of inspiration in the design was the Finnish forests. The forest had always provided our ancestors with nourishment and raw materials, but it also involves mythical memories and scents – it has a relaxing essence. Another natural starting point in the design came from the industrial history of the site, the uncomplicated aesthetics of the old brick buildings, and the vicinity of water.

Operators in the Finnish forest and wood sector supported the Sibeliustalo project, and it was selected as the main initiative for the Puun vuosi 1996 / Puun aika (‘The Year of Wood 1996 / Time of Wood’) campaign, which aimed at finding innovative wooden construction solutions. During its construction, the house was considered the flagship of wooden construction, which, when completed, was the biggest public wooden building built in Finland for over a hundred years. The Sibelius Hall complex, an area of nearly 90,000 m3, is composed of four elements: the renovated Carpenter’s Factory, the Main Hall building, Forest Hall (linking the previous elements together), and the Congress Wing (which is connected to the complex via a glass passage). Wood is the supporting material in all the new sections.

  • Arkkitehtityöhuone Artto Palo Rossi Tikka Oy, designers Hannu Tikka and Kimmo Lintula
  • Interior design Arkkitehtityöhuone Artto Palo Rossi Tikka Oy, designer Markku Liukkonen
  • Acoustic design Artec Consultants Inc, New York, designer Russel Johnson

Acoustics

US-based Artec Consultants, Inc. was in charge of the acoustic design. The ‘shoebox’ shape of the hall and the oval shape of the auditorium and stage provide optimal acoustics. The acoustic characteristics are further improved through the careful selection of furniture and materials. The acoustics can be adjusted with a canopy and the acoustic doors and banners on the side walls of the hall.

The Main Hall is an acoustic miracle, which creates unforgettable musical memories for concert goers. The auditorium seating and stage are situated in an oval-shaped ‘shoebox’ hall. The adjustable acoustics are formed by a vertically movable canopy which is on top of the stage in order to achieve the maximum acoustic flexibility; the acoustics are also reinforced by 188 acoustic doors located on the sides of the hall that open to form an echo chamber, complemented by 2.7 Km of woolen curtains. The corrugated walls were designed to break up reflected sounds. A place was reserved for an organ behind the loft above the stage. The organ was finished and put in place in 2007. 
 
The sophisticated colouring of the Main Hall is a combination of graphite-grey, natural white, and the warm red of old string instruments. The floor is oil- and heat-treated smoke birch parquet. A glass façade covers the massive wall elements, with sandwich-structured laminated veneer lumber panels, filled with sand (18 cm thick insulation) and mineral wool. All of the Main Hall’s load bearing structures are made of glulam timber.




  • The star chart of Forest Hall

    The star chart of Forest Hall

  • Art in the building

    Art in the building

Conference venue - The Main Hall

Floor area: 1st
Max:
Sibeliustalon Pääsali

The Main Hall has received worldwide acknowledgement for its acoustics. In addition to being a concert hall, the Main Hall also acts as a conference...

Conference venue - Forest Hall

Floor area: 1st
Max: 1500
Sibeliustalon Metsähalli, Lahti

Forest Hall is the heart of Sibelius Hall connecting the different parts of the building to each other.   In the thoughts of the architects...

Conference venue - Carpenter's Hall

Floor area: 2nd
Max: 650
Sibeliustalon Puusepän Sali

Renovated from over a 100-year old factory, Carpenter's Hall is located in Sibelius Hall's second floor. It is a diverse venue that works as...

Conference venue - Carpenter's Workshop

Floor area: 1st
Max: 200

Carpenter's Workshop is a versatile venue located in the old factory-part of Sibelius Hall. It transforms into a seminar-, conference-, or lounge...

Conference venue - The Congress Wing

Floor area: 1st
Max: 30-150
Lahden Sibeliustalon Kongressisiipi - Kokoustila Kuusi

In the Congress Wing your meeting bursts into life. The conference guest can sense the wood and see water. Every room of the Congress Wing has...

Conference venue - VIP Sauna

Floor area: 4th
Max: 30
Sibeliustalon saunakabinetti

The VIP sauna is located in the fourth floor of the old part of Sibelius Hall. The sauna room is...

Finlandia Club

Floor area: 1st
Max: 610

Finlandia Club acts as a venue for the performances of top domestic artists and groups. The club offers musical experiences in a rock-vibed ambience...