Gewandhaus zu Leipzig



    Leipzig - Germay




    Concert House

    The historical roots of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra go back to 1479. Initially without a venue of their own, the orchestra was given a home in 1781 with the conversion of the former Gewandhaus (trading house for cloth merchants), the name which has been retained to the present day. In 1884 the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra moved into a newly built concert hall, which was also known as the Neues Gewandhaus. Thanks to the orchestra’s growing importance at home and abroad, a new musical centre was built on Leipzig’s Augustusplatz at the end of the 20th century. The New Opera House was inaugurated in 1960, followed by the Leipzig Gewandhaus in 1981, with seating for 2,100 spectators. SBS built the 85 m² stage lift system consisting of 20 individual platforms for the new building in 1981. As part of a Europe-wide tender, SBS was awarded the contract in October 2018 to refurbish the stage machinery in two construction phases. The platform system was extended to an area of 135 m² with a total of 56 individual stage lifts and 12 compensating stage lifts. The special feature here is the relatively small total area with an unusually high number of platforms to allow maximum flexibility of the entire platform system. The specifications for the stage machinery in terms of quality and stability of the platforms were highly demanding. The footprints of the platforms, between 1.2 and 3.7 m², are relatively small, providing a great technical challenge to achieve a lift of 1.3 m. This was realised by means of several multiple scissors, some of which were placed in a complex spatial configuration. The small size of this stage was also an unusual feature for SBS.


    After the renovation work during the summer breaks in 2019 and 2020, the Leipzig Gewandhaus now has one of the most flexible platform systems of any concert hall in Europe. On 12 September 2020 the venue celebrated the opening of its 240th season with a concert featuring the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons.


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