Grafenegg Festival | Sound meets scenery
The Wolkenturm – excerpt from the 2019 program
An alphabetical glossary about Grafenegg by Julia Kospach
The 23 m high Wolkenturm (cloud tower), which blends in well with a natural dip in the castle gardens and at the same time towers boldly over it, is one of the best open-air venues in Europe. Since the Grafenegg Festival was established in 2007, this unique building made of concrete, steel and glass has characterized the scenery of Grafenegg about as much as the castle’s historic architecture. With these two buildings, old and new virtually face each other and also complement each other –thus representing the constant change to which both the town of Grafenegg and the music festival are committed. Designed by the two architects Marie-Therese Harnoncourt and Ernst J. Fuchs of “the next ENTERprise” with Müller-BBM as the acoustic consultants responsible for the sophisticated acoustic design, the award-winning Wolkenturm presents itself to the public as a veritable and contemporary monument with a seating capacity of 1,700 and an additional 400 on the lawn.
Clouds and trees are reflected in its metallic surfaces, the large stage canopy makes it look like a huge land art sculpture, and numerous angles, diagonals and the shifted arrangement of structural elements create varying light effects as well as ever new, surprising views of the castle and the gardens. Summer after summer, the open-air arena with its impressive acoustics invariably fascinates the audience as a concert venue with a special ambience and beauty. Not far from the Wolkenturm, the “Wolke 7” bar attracts the audience during concert breaks with contemporary architecture at its best: the curved concrete roof resembles a giant leaf sailing through the air – again inspired by nature’s beauty in the surrounding castle gardens.