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THE DELICATE SOUND OF MUSIC: PARIS INAUGURATES NEW PHILHARMONICS WITH ROCKWOOL ACOUSTIC SOLUTIONS

Sweet music or terrible noise? Our ear is highly sensitive to sound that can lift us to the greatest of emotions; from joy to dismay. Today on Wednesday 14th of January, one of the most challenging sound-scaping projects will be put to the test when the Philharmonie de Paris, designed by internationally renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, will be inaugurated. The new main concert hall alone will accommodate from 2,400 to 3,650 critical pair of ears, the music ranging from large symphonies to jazz and world music.


Achieving the perfect sound experience in all corners of such a big room is truly an architectural challenge and to lift this task, Jean Nouvel’s team of architects have joined forces with  leading acousticians Sir Harold Marshall from New Zealand and Yasuhisa Toyota from Japan.

The mission of the Philharmonie de Paris is to be a great center for music education and culture, accessible to everyone and with a wide variety of daily courses for youth and adults. Apart from the grand concert hall, the building of 20,000 square meters also hosts rehearsal rooms, a wing dedicated to music education, exhibitions, restaurants, and a variety of other technical facilities that all need to live loudly under the same roof - complementing, but not disturbing one other.

Bernard Plancarde, Managing Director of ROCKWOOL France:
“Obtaining the right balance between sound absorption and sound reflection and at the same time preventing unwanted noise from interfering from the outside into the many different rooms, that is truly a challenge, so we are delighted that we have been able to support this design with sound absorbing ROCKWOOL insulation in the walls and in the roof. The acoustical requirements for such a music venue are particularly high. Being a public building, accessible and safe to everyone, it is a great advantage that our stone wool insulation products are non-combustible and thus contribute to the fire safety of the building too.”

About the ROCKWOOL Group

The ROCKWOOL Group is the world’s leading supplier of innovative products and systems based on stone wool. The Group is amongst the global leaders within the insulation industry with products and solutions for all major application areas for both residential and non-residential buildings. Together with other construction-related products such as acoustic ceilings and cladding boards, the Group ensures energy efficient and fire-safe buildings with good acoustics and a comfortable indoor climate. We also create green solutions for the horticultural industry, special fibres for industrial use, effective insulation for the process industry and marine & offshore as well as noise and vibration systems for modern infrastructure.

Our more than 10,000 employees in more than 30 countries cater for customers in a big part of the world. The Group’s head office is located close to Copenhagen in Denmark. In 2013 the Group generated sales of around 2,000 million Euro. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Copenhagen exchange.

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