OBERMEYER Planen + Beraten GmbHOBERMEYER Planen + Beraten GmbH
Munich, 20.12.2019
The new Gasteig: view from the Isar.
The new Gasteig: view from the Isar.
View from Rosenthaler Platz.
View from Rosenthaler Platz. Renderings: Architektur Henn /Visualisierungen MIR

Not evolution but revolution: sound and cinema technology for Munich's cultural centre Gasteig

Misson with vision:  After its renovation the Gasteig in Munich is to become Europe's most modern cultural centre. OBERMEYER's Building Services Engeneering Division was commissioned with the planning of the entire sound and cinema technology. This is a project that requires thinking far into the future.

The Munich Gasteig Cultural Center was opened in 1984/85. The building complex with a total area of 80,000 m² includes Germany's largest concert hall. In order not to endanger the operation, the renewal of the technical equipment is unavoidable. This necessary renovation also offers the possibility of modernising the complete Gasteig. It is currently the largest upcoming cultural construction project of the city of Munich and the state.

The construction and renovation measures are expected to begin at the end of 2021. Another focus will be the future orientation and acoustic redesign of the Philharmonie, the Carl-Orff-Saal and the Small Concert Hall.

Currently  specialists from OBERMEYER's Audio/Video/Broadcast Technology department are working on the basic evaluation of the complete sound and cinema technology systems for all event halls, event areas and the media library. High quality sound and video studios are also to be built.

The multifunctional character of the cultural center and the economic efficiency demanded by the client represent a particular challenge: A consistent, optimal audio and video quality can only be achieved by networked systems with maximum availability. In addition, foresight is also required: once the technology has been commissioned in probably six years, it should remain modern for the next 20 years approximately.

For example, there will be a "broadcast IP network" instead of conventional cabling. This is a high-performance, digital data network with high bandwidth for the extremely large audio and video data streams.

Hans-Jörg Schieder, project manager at OBERMEYER and one of the few high-end media technicians in Germany: "We already have to plan six years into the future - and at a high technical level. We are talking about up to three generations of devices. This is not evolution, here we are talking about revolution".