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New Concert Hall for London to be Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

London never ceases to amaze with the protean nature of its architecture and cultural institutions. SEEN is delighted to hear that a major new concert hall for London will be created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the site of the current Museum of London, which is destined for relocation to Smithfield Market.

The new £250 million concert hall will be the permanent home of the London Symphony Orchestra – currently residing at the Barbican Centre. All change then for these great institutions.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro have hitherto worked in the US; this venture will be their first in the UK. They are currently working on The Shed – an expandable cultural centre, as part of the Hudson Yards Project and they are also working on the US Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs.

Interestingly, the new concert venue will not just be meeting the needs of music-lovers. It is hoped that the new centre will be a hub where visitors will come and spend some time whether or not they have a ticket for a concert.

“The new building will meet the needs of artists and audiences today with a keen eye toward the future. It will be sensitive to the inherited character of the Barbican and its vital role in Culture Mile while directly engaging the contemporary urban life of the city.” said Diller.

It is this sense of inclusivity for all and sensitivity to the Culture Mile that helped the firm fight off stiff competition from the likes of Diamond Schmitt Architects, Foster + Partners and Arup Associates, amongst others. The firm will now work with Sheppard Robson to create a concept design by December of next year. Watch this space.

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The Final One Festival Comes to The Space

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