»A Cool Public Place« – Gasteig HP8 and the Isarphilharmonie Open on Friday, 8 October
»I don’t foresee any obstacles to the opening of our new interim premises and the Isarphilharmonie in October«, said Max Wagner, Managing Director of Gasteig, when he toured the cultural complex at Hans-Preißinger-Straße 8 in Sendling. Maintenance and refurbishment work at the site is almost complete, ready for the Gasteig to move in. The complex is a mixture of historical and new buildings and will be the home of the Gasteig cultural centre and its institutions while the original Gasteig is being renovated.
Max Wagner was joined on the tour by Dieter Reiter, Lord Mayor of Munich; Valery Gergiev, principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic; Paul Müller, Executive Director of the Munich Philharmonic; Anton Biebl from the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich; and Stephan Schütz from Architects from Gerkan, Marg and Partners.
»The opening of Gasteig HP8 underlines the fact that culture is a priority in Munich. While the Gasteig is undergoing renovation, our city will have a new source of inspiration and interchange that will play an important role in shaping and expanding our cultural landscape«, said Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter. Representing the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich, Anton Biebl added: »Here at Gasteig HP8, we want people to see that cultural participation is very important to us. The changing needs of our diverse audience are at the heart of everything we do and we will meet these needs with new event formats, participatory approaches and the courage to try something new.«
And, finally, a promise from Max Wagner: »Gasteig HP8 will become an icon! People can already feel the fresh and innovative effect that the new cultural complex housing the Gasteig and the Isarphilharmonie will have on the centre of Munich. The artists and craftspeople already based here will only boost the diversity that the Gasteig can offer.«
The visit to the Isarphilharmonie was a highlight of the tour. The new Philharmonic Hall may be a temporary building, but featuring 1900 seats, an ultra-modern modular design in wood from a team of international architects and acoustics created by world-famous expert Yasuhisa Toyota, it is on a par with other concert halls of international reputation. »The Isarphilharmonie will be a pioneering concert hall with excellent acoustics. I look forward to fantastic live performances and to being able to welcome music fans from near and far«, says Valery Gergiev.
Hall E is the versatile heart of HP8 and houses the foyer for the Isarphilharmonie, the base for the City Library, the registration desk and gallery for the Volkshochschule adult education centre, an event room, cultural education facilities, the reading café, ticket sales, and bars and catering. One reason that this renovated building is so attractive is that the architects have retained the industrial flair of this listed former transformer hall.
Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter is enthralled: »As soon as you walk into Hall E, you realise what a cool public space it’s going to be. We have such great plans for this place! I’m convinced that visitors will want to come here before attending events, so they can borrow a book from the library, have a drink in the bar or simply enjoy the unique atmosphere. I’m looking forward to the grand opening on Friday, 8 October – hopefully in front of a large audience«.