The four new halls

It was the largest building project undertaken by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna since the construction of the Musikverein building and a design challenge of a very special kind. The project was completed in 2004, opening up new dimensions for the Musikverein in the shape of the Four New Halls.

The need for expansion had been felt for some time before this development took place. Since the present Director, Dr. Thomas Angyan had taken the helm of the organisation in 1988, the number of concert series by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde had doubled. The flourishing activities of the institution pushed the Musikverein building itself to the limits of its capacity, with particular problems relating to a shortage of rehearsal space. At the end of the 1990s,  as many as 120 rehearsals for Musikverein concerts per season were having to take place outside the walls of the Musikverein building itself. 

The first development plans thus concerned the construction of a large rehearsal auditorium. In 2000, a decision was taken in this respect through which it was anticipated the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde could take advantage of synergy opportunities which the infrastructure plans of the municipal transport service Wiener Linien presented: The Karlsplatz subway station – right next to the Musikverein building – was to be equipped with a new reversing loop. This would require large-scale construction activities, with which the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde subsequently connected its own building project. 

Before long, the Gesellschaft was able to make more ambitious plans than at first anticipated. The efforts of the society’s members and contributions of sponsors, who committed significant sums of money to the development, made it possible not only to design a new rehearsal space but also to begin an expansion project with several new auditoriums. This enabled the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde to fulfil a further urgent wish to extend the programme range on offer and to create space for new ideas to flourish. 

The construction project took place between April 2001 and September 2003. No less than 28,000 cubic metres of material were removed from the site and 8,950 cubic metres of concrete were used during the construction. The building extension is c. 61 metres long and up to 21 metres wide, while the surface of the floor level lies 12 metres below street level. 

Wilhelm Holzbauer, one of the world’s most renowned architects, found a fascinating solution for this huge design challenge together with his partner Dieter Irresberger. This involved providing each one of the Four New Halls with its own distinct and characteristic appearance, while still linking it aesthetically to the historic Musikverein building. To achieve this, Holzbauer and Irresberger created an optical dialogue:  in the largest of the Four New Halls, the “gold” motif was adopted from the Großer Musikvereinssaal and combined with the element of “glass” to translate it into a modern setting. This resulted in the Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium as a new highlight of the institution as a whole. Clearly identifiable basic elements – metal, stone and wood – also lent each of the other new spaces, the Metal, Stone and Wooden Hall / Horst Haschek Auditorium, their characteristic features.
Gläserner Saal / Magna Auditorium
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Gläserner Saal / Magna Auditorium 

Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium

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The Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium is a shining example of beauty combined with functionality. In this impressive setting, the flexibility of this concert hall and its facilities make it the perfect venue for events of all kinds: Hub stages quickly transform the space from a concert hall into a conference centre, a cinema into a ballroom, or a stage into a walkway. Meanwhile, state-of-the-art equipment for audio, lighting, video and digital widescreen projection make the hall an ideal setting for semi-staged productions. Whatever the event you wish to organise, the Glass Hall /Magna Auditorium sets the stage for success.
Capacity: 350 + 30 standing room tickets
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Metallener Saal
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Metallener Saal 

Metal Hall

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With room for creativity, innovation and clarity are the hallmarks of the Metal Hall. The hall is an ideal space for modern, avant garde productions and has proven attractive for younger audiences in particular.  It is a perfect venue for events that require a setting of simplicity and clarity – the ideal ambience for creative work or presentations. Whether a workshop, concert or reception event: the Metal Hall provides space for new thinking and brings innovation to life.
Capacity: 120


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Steinerner Saal / Horst Haschek Auditorium
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Steinerner Saal / Horst Haschek Auditorium 

Stone Hall / Horst Haschek Auditorium

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Framed by displays of historical instruments and priceless manuscripts, the Stone Hall / Horst Haschek Auditorium provides an impressive setting for special presentations, press conferences or banquets. Historical elegance combines here with modern architecture in an apparent meeting of opposites that creates a unique event space. In combination with the Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium, this hall is often used as a luxurious setting for receptions.
Capacity: 70
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Hölzerner Saal
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Hölzerner Saal 

Wooden Hall

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Whether used alone or in combination, the Wooden Hall always cuts a good figure. As a venue in itself, it provides the ideal setting for smaller events, receptions, cocktail events, seminars and workshops. It can also function as a perfect buffet and interval space for events taking place in the Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium. A sliding door transforms the hall into an extension of the foyer.
Capacity: 50


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Your event at Musikverein

We will gladly provide support and advice during the planning of your event at the Musikverein. As the location of over 800 events per year, the Musikverein can place a highly experienced and professional team at your disposal. We are happy to provide a tailored solution for the management of your event.

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