The building has the captivating appearance of an abstract sculpture within the park, and is woven into its surroundings at many levels. The form of the building and the sloping ribs of its facade awake associations with musical instruments. In its character as a sculpture, the new architecture provides a “resonance chamber for the arts”, in which the whole spectrum of art forms can be brought to life. An airy space across four floors, which the architects call the “Fluss” (flux or flow), reaches out from the Pöstlingberg across the park to Linz, and floods the building with daylight.
The central foyer, bathed in light, serves as a focus, a zone of encounter which guarantees intuitive orientation. On the ground floor there is access via the foyer into the four halls and the restaurant with its guest garden.
The 100 teaching rooms are light and friendly. The floors of whitevarnished painted oak, the full-length windows and the perforated plaster ceilings with their large circular lights are an ideal working environment for students and teachers. To meet a variety of acoustical requirements there are acoustic absorbers and movable drapes for individual adaptation.
For the enormous variety of events on offer there are four halls available for a total of 600 guests: the large concert hall, the smaller hall for organ and chamber music, the studio stage for drama and dance productions and the Sonic Lab for computer music and electrically amplified music.
The walls of the concert halls are provided with a special corrugated cladding developed by the architects themselves, which is very effective acoustically and provides a visual echo of the shrouded effect of the facade.