The German architecture firm Knack Studio transformed the old 'Forum der Technik' in Munich into a restaurant, dance, music club, concert and event venue. The task of the architect is to achieve a unique vision of spatial and acoustic experience together with the developer. As a result, a general spatial concept has been produced that meets both artistic and auditory high standards.
In collaboration with the acoustics expert, Knack Studio develops modular dance niches that fit the existing pillar grid while also offering spatial partitions. Vibration echoes and propagation delays triggered by parallel surfaces by tilting the side and rear walls are avoided. In addition, wall and ceiling elements specially optimized and customized for electronic music contribute greatly to the acoustic quality of the space.

Special focus is placed on the geometry of the inclined back walls. While the leading edges follow a flat triangular pattern, the single elements of the grid are transformed into concave curved pockets at different depths. This allows sound to break and diffuse in all directions as it hits surfaces. The application of the "Baubuche" product has proven to be quite adequate. In addition to the "warm" sound of wood, the high bulk density of beech also has a positive effect on the acoustics. In this context, it has been necessary to find a structurally resistant material so that very thin crosspieces do not break.

A parametric 3D model designed by the architects allowed various aesthetic and performance tests and evaluations, while also facilitating the decision-making and optimization process. Other surfaces inside the club are characterized by a special perforation with sound-absorbing properties for various frequencies, thus helping to reduce reverberations. The parts of the cladding close to the floor and in front of the columns, as well as the spaces inside the walls, were developed as low-frequency resonators.

The lighting concept has been achieved in a very unusual method. Lighting effects are mostly composed of classical theatre, stage and discotheque elements of the 70s and 80s, which were deliberately placed in the foreground. Both aesthetic and warm light tones allow them to be integrated into the creative concept. The second dance floor, 'plus', is acoustically isolated and has its own design language. A continuous river of "recesses" is drawn across the walls, with no noticeable beginning or end. this built-in landscape came to life with the light that turns into the sound of music.

One of the major challenges in the short four-month planning period was developing an effective process for the generation and coordination of project implementation. Due to the high complexity of the building elements, only a few plans have been drawn. A digital 3D model has proven to be important in decision-making with customers from the very beginning. Planning experts and execution companies have reached a very advanced stage in order to export all files and documents required for CNC production directly from the 3D model.




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