Presidential Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall (CSO)





Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Cagdan Constr. Inc                                                    

Features / Capacity / Area
Plot Area: 200,000 sqm / Closed Area: 65,000 sqm / 2 Concert Halls

Contract Date
1998 June

 Presidential Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the world that has been able to operate without any interruptions. In 1828, reformist sultan, Mahmud II invited Giuseppe Donizetti (brother of the Gaetano Donizetti) to come to Istanbul from the imperial palace of Austria-Hungary to lead the band. The band was called Muzika-i Humayun (the Imperial Band) and it has been performing solely in the palace.


In 1934 Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun and a year after well-known German composer Paul Hindemith were in charge of organizing the programs of the music schools in Turkey. At the suggestion of composer Paul Hindemith, Maestro Dr. Ernst Praetorius was appointed as the new Music Director and he elevated the orchestra to new artistic levels.


The musical complex is coming to the heart of Ankara on a sight-axis between the Historical Citadel and Atatürk’s Mausoleum. The ADA musical campus, as the home base for the Presidential Symphony Orchestra founded in 1826, will host most respectful orchestras and soloists from all around the world. A skillful team of management will support orchestra’s day to day operations.


The music campus, consisting of the “Main Hall” with a capacity of 2023 seats, the “Blue Hall” with a capacity of 512 seats and the “Historical Hall” with a capacity of 683 people, restaurants, a museum and open-air areas, will soon become a meeting place for culture and art enthusiasts.


The architectural design was performed by Uygur Architects.

Prota provided services in the concept, preliminary, final and detail stages. Within the scope of the project, Prota’s services include;

  • Geotechnical and geological design
  • Earthwork services
  • Seismic engineering design
  • Reinforced concrete and steel design
  • Technical consultancy services
  • BoQ and technical specification preparation services

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