A 100% automated curved row seating system for ZARYADYE Philharmonic Concert Hall

Concert Hall Zaryadye - Moscow, Russia

How do you create a fully multi-functional room and still have great sightlines and the same acoustic conditions? With the SERAPID QSX (Quick Seat eXchange) curved row seating system.

The redevelopment of the vacant site previously occupied by the demolished Rossiya Hotel was the subject of an international design competition, won after a hard fought battle by a consortium led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS + R). The result is the spectacular ZARYADYE Park, which includes 25,200 square metres of performance venues, including a Philharmonic Concert Hall. As with most modern venues, the concert hall was designed to be multi-purpose, a space that could be reconfigured from flat floor to raked seating to accommodate a variety of events. 

With raked seating, a curved row configuration is known to provide superior sightlines; but combining curved rows with automated reconfigurable seating had long been thought impossible. However, SERAPID’s engineers have developed a solution, QSX seating system, that works for straight, curved or faceted tiers regardless of the number of rows, seats or configurations.

The QSX system that SERAPID produced for the Zaryadye project consists of twenty curved rows ranging from 23 to 30 metres, with a total of 677 seats. The system is fully automated and can change from a flat floor to a raked seating setup in less than 15 minutes.

Fast and smooth operating, the innovative QSX system opens up new possibilities for architects, theatre designers and consultants.

Customer: City of Moscow
Chief Architect: Sergey Kuznetsov
Design Consortium:
Diller, Scofidio + Renfro (DS + R)
Hargreaves Associates
Integrator: Doka

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