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Designs for London's New Music Centre Unveiled

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Designs for London's New Music Centre Unveiled

Peter Smisek

24 January 2019

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AMERICAN architecture practice Diller Scofidio and Renfro - known for their work on New York City's High Line and experimental arts venue The Shed at  Hudson Yards - has unveiled a preliminary design for a £288 million new concert hall in the City of London.

The plans include a 2000-seat "acoustically perfect" auditorium for the London Symphony Orchestra and a smaller venue for more intimate performances with views of St Paul's Cathedral.

The project would be built on the site of the Museum of London, which is set to relocate to West Smithfield in 2023.

Above: The venue will contain a 2,000 seat concert hall and a smaller venue at its summit, together with four floors of commercial office space ( image courtesy of Diller Scofidio and Renfro).

Also included in the initial designs are four floors of prime office space, located above the concert hall.

Rent from the commercial areas could partially help to fund the operational costs of the venue. 

Above: The new concert hall will allow non-paying members of the public to observe musicians during rehearsals and performances through large windows (image courtesy of Diller Scofidio and Renfro).

There are also plans to partly pedestrianise the adjacent plaza and to create a connection to a system of raised pedestrian high-walks along London Wall and in the Barbican neighbourhood.

This is intended to promote openness and create walking routes through the building's dramatic foyer.

Above: The building's multi-level foyer will also provide access to the raised high-walk of the Barbican and London Wall (image courtesy of Diller Scofidio and Renfro).

The City of London Corporation has provided the initial £2.49 million funding for design development, fundraising and business modelling.

It is expected that the building will be financed using private and corporate donations.

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