American architects chosen for new London concert hall

Posted on: October 10, 2017

“The dream of building a new City of London concert hall and home for Sir Simon Rattle’s London Symphony Orchestra has taken an important step forward with the appointment of New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro,” writes Mark Brown in Tuesday’s (10/10) Guardian (London). “The practice, founded by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio in 1979, has an impressive list of major cultural projects to its name including the High Line park in New York, the vast 10-year project to redesign the city’s Lincoln Center and the Broad museum of contemporary art in Los Angeles. … DS+R was chosen from a shortlist of six architectural practices, all with track records in major arts buildings. … The panel choosing the architect said DS+R … would create a building ‘fit for the future that offers access and engagement for all.’ Backers of the building, including the Barbican, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the City of London Corporation, remain hugely optimistic of getting a new concert hall despite a number of setbacks. … It will now work with acousticians, engineers and other consultants to come up with a design to be submitted to the City of London Corporation by December 2018.”

Posted October 10, 2017