Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Centre

  • Arup's multidisciplinary engineering team worked closely with Tozkoparan Architects on the project. 
  • Advanced acoustic facilities allow the centre to host a variety of performance types.
  • The most advanced concert hall acoustics, venue functionality and utilisation of art exhibition and public space in Turkey.

The Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Centre marks a new beginning in the artistic and cultural life of Izmir, Turkey. The centre consists of two concert halls and exhibition areas.

Multidisciplinary engineering team

A multidisciplinary engineering team from Arup worked closely with Tozkoparan Architects to deliver the centre. Acoustics and venue planning were an integrated part of the design from the outset, with a goal of providing world-class facilities within an affordable budget. The ground airing system is designed to leave the acoustic quality of the concert hall unaffected.

The arts centre, known as AASSM, is named after Turkish composer and musicologist Ahmed Adnan Saygun, who died in 1991. The centre incorporates a 1,100 seat concert hall, a 300 seat recital hall and visual art gallery spaces. The concert hall will host regular concerts by the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra and performers from all over the world.

Flexibility in performance arrangement

The concert hall allows flexibility in performance arrangement by means of a platform lift which can be used to extend the performance area or the seating capacity of the stalls. The lift can also be lowered to create an orchestra pit.

World-class acoustic facilities

Every detail was planned and constructed to create great acoustics in the hall. Remotely operated acoustic banners and drapes reduce reverberation, allowing the hall to host classical music, jazz, spoken word and amplified performances. Upstage panels can be rotated to reflect or absorb sound depending on the performance type. Karen Vermeiren, a Belgian soprano, says the concert hall has “one of the best acoustics in the world”.

Integrated services

Arup provided integrated services in venue planning, planning, acoustics, stage engineering, sound and communications, concert and working light systems, daylight advice in gallery spaces, structural, mechanicalelectrical and plumbing services.

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  • Ahmad Adnan Saygan Arts Centre, exterior. Credit: Cemal EmdenOpen gallery

    The Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Centre marks a new beginning in the artistic and cultural life of Izmir, Turkey.

  • Ahmad Adnan Saygan Arts Centre, interior. Credit: Noyan SancarOpen gallery

    Every detail was planned and constructed to create great acoustics in the hall.

  • Ahmad Adnan Saygan Arts Centre, exterior. Credit: Noyan SancarOpen gallery

    A multidisciplinary engineering team from Arup worked closely with Tozkoparan Architects to deliver the project.