Striking landmark embellishes Lahti lakeside
Sibelius Hall is a modern concert venue and congress centre in Lahti, Finland, completed in spring 2000 and covering an enormous 90 000 m².
“With some 140 concerts and 400 other events per year over the last 10 years, Sibelius Hall has given a lot of new business to Lahti region.”
Anu Kärkkäinen, Managing Director, Sibelius Hall
A section of the venue, the Carpenter’s Factory, was transformed with support from EU funding from industrial premises into a multipurpose space with fixed stage and bar, giving businesses, artists and other users a top-class venue for their events.
A cultural gem inspired by nature
Today, Sibelius Hall is home to the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and plays host to hundreds of events and artists. The entire complex has four main areas: Main Hall, Forest Hall, Carpenter’s Factory, and Congress Wing. Its credentials have been recognised worldwide, with Britain’s Gramophone magazine naming Sibelius Hall one of the five best venues in the world, and the Sydney Morning Herald including Sibelius Hall in its list of the world’s top 10 concert halls.
When designing the venue, architects Hannu Tikka and Kimmo Lintula were inspired by the Finnish forests, a source of nourishment, raw materials and scents. The Hall is regarded by many as a flagship of wooden construction, with a blend of reliefs, paintings, collages and textile art decorating the venue throughout.
Conferences, concerts and cocktails
The Carpenter’s Hall, located on the 2nd floor of the transformed factory and covering 900 m², is an ideal choice for conferences, lectures, celebrations, exhibitions and concert performances. Originally constructed in 1907–08, this is now a listed building and can cater for conferences and lectures attended by up to 500 people, with state-of-the-art equipment available, including a fixed screen, data projector, sound amplification, and wireless network.
One of the advantages of this building is that customers can create different settings and effects in terms of furnishings, sound and lighting. Natural light is a strong feature, however the Hall can be darkened if required. The building is also home to the Finlandia Club, a rock venue with capacity for up to 610 people. For dining and cocktail events, different configurations are possible, whether seated buffet or table service, or standing cocktail event.
Workshop space has new lease of life
The 300 m² Carpenter’s Workshop is a convenient space for art and sales exhibitions, conferences and cocktail events, with quality audiovisual equipment also available for use by customers. Smaller in size than the Carpenter’s Hall, it offers a more intimate place for gatherings, catering for up to 200 people for dining/cocktails, and 250 for conference/lecture events.