Tonhalle Maag – the concert hall for classical music in Zurich-West

Die Tonhalle Maag ist ein Konzertsaal auf Zeit. Sie ist in erster Linie Spielstätte für das Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich während der Jahre 2017–2020, in denen Tonhalle und Kongresshaus Zürich umgebaut werden, sie steht auch weiteren Veranstaltern zur Verfügung. Der Grossteil der Konzerte mit klassischer Musik in Zürich findet nun in der Tonhalle Maag statt.

Konzertsaal Tonhalle Maag (Foto: Hannes Henz)
Konzertsaal Tonhalle Maag (Foto: Hannes Henz)
Konzertfoyer Tonhalle Maag (Foto: Hannes Henz)

The Tonhalle Maag is a temporary concert hall. First and foremost, it will serve as an interim venue for the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich from 2017 to 2020, during which the Tonhalle and Kongresshaus Zurich will be refurbished. However, the Tonhalle Maag is also available to other operators.

Apart from the concert hall, a foyer with a ticket office and cloakrooms as well as numerous rooms for the orchestra and administration were inserted into the existing industrial structure of the former Maag gearwheel factory.

The Zurich-based architecture firm of Spillmann Echsle Architekten was responsible for the conversion. The architects have ensured that the building’s industrial past remains clearly visible in all adjoining spaces. By contrast, the concert hall, which was inserted into the former Maag Event Hall as a large «box» made of varnished spruce wood, is timelessly serene and elegant. Music is the focus here.

The globally renowned Munich-based acoustics company Müller-BBM was hired to design the acoustics in this unusual concert hall.

The multifunctional stalls are designed for flexible seating plans. The entire space is encircled by a gallery with permanent seating. The concert hall can accommodate a total of just over 1,200 people.

Facts & Figures

Concert hall

Width: 22.5 m
Length: 43.2 m
Height: 11.2 m
Surface area: 946 m2

Stalls seats: 784
Gallery seats: 440
Total seats: 1,224

Main stage/measurements: 18.4 × 10.8 m = 185 m2

Concert foyer

Width: 14 m
Length: 22.8 m
Height: 9.6 m

Surface area: 313 m2

Foyer stage: 7.0 × 4.0 m

Seating for approx. 230

Backstage and administration

150 cloakroom spaces
5 warm-up rooms
1 sound room
1 leader’s room
1 conductor’s room
Cafeteria/break room
2 air-conditioned instrument storage rooms
Offices and open-plan workstations
Meeting room
Music library, etc.

Timber construction

94 tonnes of three-ply panels
30 tonnes of other wooden elements
2.5 km of lamella sound absorbers
24 convex ceiling reflectors
46 flat ceiling reflectors

Concrete, steel construction, electronics

300 tonnes of concrete construction for safety and escape routes
70 tonnes of steel girders to bear the weight
35 km of electric cables


The air supply flows through 2.5 million holes, each with a diameter of 4 mm each, in the parquet floor, and is extracted through the ceiling. For humidification, 412 litres of water are added to the air every hour. The temperature and air quality are also controlled by the ventilation system.


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