Kodály Center

Pécs, Hungary

Property owner

Kodály Center

Main contractor

Magyar Építő Zrt. & ARCADOM Épitőpari Zrt.


Építész Stúdió Kft. / Mérték Stúdió Kft.

Acoustic consultant

Gusztáv JÓZSA / Róbert CSOTT

Structural engineer

BEND-STAT Kft. / Dinám Kft.


120 MN floating floors and building base isolation

Building type

Arts & Media

Intervention level


As well in the concert hall as in the orchestra rehearsal room box-in-box solution were installed to protect the rooms from nearby rail and road traffic.

Pécs, in Southern Hungary, was one of the cities awarded the title “European Capital of Culture” in 2010 which in turn stimulated several exciting new building developments. Several public areas and cultural facilities were renovated and a new concert hall, the Kodaly Center was built.

The Kodály Center is situated between national road 6 and a railway track and, in order to protect the acoustic integrity of the building, the acoustic consultants specified a box-in-box system.

Isolation of the 500 mm thick concert hall base slab was achieved by resilient pads glued to lost formwork panels (CDM-FLOAT) and extra point and line loads of columns and walls were supported by pads with a load capacity of 6-8 MPa. Calculations indicated that the softer pads would take the net load of the base slab whilst the harder pads would start taking up loads later, during the construction of the columns and walls.

The orchestra rehearsal room on the second floor was also successfully isolated using the box-in-box system. Chillers and larger ventilation units were isolated with CDM-MACHINE-CONTACT bearings, using both metal springs and elastomer pads, to prevent noise and vibration from being transmitted throughout the building.


Project Reference – Kodály Center Hungary – CDM-FLOAT
Project Reference – Kodály Center Hungary – CDM-LAT
Project Reference – Kodály Center Hungary – CDM-FLOAT & CDM-LAT
Maxim Vengerov © Andrés Londoño
Maxim Vengerov

Kodály Centre is an architectural Stradivari.

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