An outstanding piece of architecture devoted to cultural events, Reutlingen’s new Stadthalle features over 3,000m² of American cherry veneer, specifically selected to help deliver the acoustics required for concert performances.
Architect Max Dudler chose American cherry for the flooring and walls of the stalls, upper circles and rear gallery in both the building’s concert auditorium and event hall, creating an elegant look and high acoustic performance.
Moveable walls allow both of the Stadthalle’s main spaces to be adapted for a range of events including congresses and presentations, balls, banquets and exhibitions. The Great Hall has room for up to 1,700 spectators while the Lesser Hall can hold 400.
According to the joiners responsible for the project, American cherry has the perfect characteristics for veneer work. The wood was finished with a colourless coating which is a combination of natural oils and waxes and penetrates particularly deep into the wood, giving it a smooth, matt finish and highlighting its natural red-brown colour.
The Stadthalle has been credited with boosting Reutlingen’s reputation as a centre for classical music. When it opened in January 2013, the mayor of Reutlingen, Barbara Bosch, described the space as a “jewel of contemporary architecture, with a clear design and timeless elegance that also meets high standards of acoustics.”