If you are looking for a place that is the beating heart of Stuttgart, then the Liederhalle is it. Built in 1864 as a rehearsal and performance venue for the Stuttgart Liederkranz choir, it was then extended in 1910. On the night of 8 October 1943, the building was destroyed by firebombs during a heavy air raid on the city. In 1956, however, Stuttgart rebuilt their Liederhalle on the same site.
Since then, the Liederhalle has grown into the hub of cultural and social life in the city. What makes this space so unique is not just the extraordinary architecture and wonderful acoustics, but also the people who have filled its halls with music and brought them alive: global stars of classical music, jazz and pop, as well as performers from the Stuttgart music scene, researchers, economic experts and scientists.
The Liederhalle is nowadays considered to be among the most important German cultural buildings of the post-war era. Expressionist and organic architectural elements are united in this concert hall, with architecture and visual arts fused into a single entity where one discipline can no longer be considered independently of the other.
This architectural work of art was constructed in 1956 by Rolf Gutbrod and Adolf Abel, then expanded into the current Liederhalle culture and convention centre by Wolfgang Henning’s addition of a convention annex in 1991. Since then, it has grown from being purely a concert hall and developed into an internationally renowned convention centre. A large part of the building complex is now heritage listed.
More information on the origins and architecture of the Liederhalle can be found in volume 108 of the architectural guide collection “Die Neuen Architekturführer”, which is published by Stadtwandel Verlag and available in many German bookshops or at: www.stadtwandel.de.
Your pictures and stories from 60 years of Liederhalle can be found here.