Frauenkirche Dresden, Germany
Dresden - Germany 1992 - 2005
Reconstruction of the church
Room acoustics and sound reinforcement system design
Building Director: Dombaumeister Eberhard Burger
Church construction administration of the Frauenkirche: Thomas Gottschlich, senior architect
ADA scope of services:
Electroacoustics: Design to execution supervision
Room acoustics: consultations
- Start of planning: 1992
- Completion: 2005
- Scope of performed services Electroacoustics: approx. € 0.4 million
The church was completely reconstructed. It was important to note that the surviving contemporaries of the church were said to have very good acoustic characteristics. By means of old organ recordings before the destruction in the 2. World War and using computer simulations, the later measured acoustic characteristics could already be determined by late 90's, thus still in the building phase, see interior model:
In the church there are a total of 2 Intellivox DS-280 digitally controlled line arrays in the floor and 34 Intellivox DS-115 covering areas in the galleries (both types of DURAN Audio - Holland) and two subwoofers at the height of the prayer rooms: these digitally controlled, at that time modern, line arrays have been largely hidden in stainless steel housings and can be perceived as ventilation outlets.
Building acoustics, of course, had to meet the requirements of our modern times, since noise immission protection is required by law and corresponding disturbing external and internal noise sources were less available in earlier times: It was especially with the doors, windows, ventilation systems etc. respected. Also, a separation of the tower climbing path from the interior had to be done by glazing in the upper dome.