Salle Françoys-Bernier, Le Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada
The Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall at Le
Domaine Forget de Charlevoix opened to rave reviews in 1996.
The 600-seat concert hall is relatively narrow
to promote acoustical strength, warmth, clarity, and envelopment,
yet is designed as short as possible, to enhance the visual intimacy.
The use of the main level tier and balcony to "stack"
the audience helps to minimize distance between the performers and
audience, thereby providing a compact, cozy space. Technical facilities
provided throughout the hall are designed to meet the demands of
events as varied as symphony, concert opera, pop and country music
events, meetings and modest product launches.
The acoustical environments within the control
rooms are well isolated from the audience chamber, while maintaining
quick and easy access to the lobby and/or the audience chamber for
technicians. A "live sound" mixing position is provided
in the audience chamber clear of the balcony; this is alternately
used for loose chair or wheelchair seating. Sound absorbing curtains
can be easily extended in front of all walls, at all levels, of
the room, or they can be retracted into curtain pockets. Reversible
acoustic wall panels located under the concert platform balcony
can either present an acoustically reflective surface to the concert
platform, or rotate to present an acoustically absorptive surface.
Artec provided Design and Planning services covering
Phase services, Auditorium
Performance Equipment Systems Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control consulting. The architects for this
project were BBGLROY
Consortium Architects of Québec, PQ.