International meeting place

Complex reinforcement technology for new Kronberg Academy building project


With the Casals Forum, a unique concert hall and international meeting place for great masters and young talents from all over the world is being created in Kronberg. The SÜLZLE Stahlpartner location in Dornstetten supplied about 1,900 tons of steel and 125 tons of storage mats and spacers for this unique construction project. Kronberg Academy’s new concert hall is acoustically designed especially for chamber music. In order to meet the highest acoustic and aesthetic demands, the hall has a “free-form” design with curved convex and concave walls that spread the sound widely. A transparent glass façade connects the building to the neighbouring park landscape. The hall is air-conditioned with an innovative ice storage system and, according to current knowledge, is the first concert hall in the world that can be operated CO2-neutrally. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe is the first “Orchestra in residence” at Casals Forum, which can also be used by other ensembles and event organizers. The Chamber Music Hall will be the centrepiece of the new Kronberg Academy building ensemble at Kronberg railway station. It will also house an affiliated study centre for the Academy’s year-round study activities, with classrooms and practice rooms, the Carl Bechstein Hall with 150 seats and a Cabinet Hall with up to 50 seats. Construction began with the ground-breaking ceremony in October 2017, and the opening is expected for autumn 2022.