For Edinburgh’s new concert hall, choosing acoustician before architect

Posted on: November 8, 2017

“Edinburgh folks can see for themselves what impact the planned new concert hall at 36 St Andrew Square … is likely to have on their lives, their city and its cultural future,” writes Ken Walton in Monday’s (11/6) Scotsman (Edinburgh). The venue, “currently known as the IMPACT Centre and primarily a home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is to be built behind the iconic Royal Bank of Scotland building…. David Chipperfield Architects’ creative plans will be on show at an onsite public consultation exhibition [Tuesday]…. [On] the advisory board behind Edinburgh’s much-needed 1,000-seater auditorium … is Sir Jonathan Mills, former director of the Edinburgh International Festival…. Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, the acoustical brains behind Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and the highly-praised Elbephilharmonie in Hamburg … was chosen before anyone else in the design team was appointed, even the architect. And this is key: Toyota played a leading role in choosing the team that will make it possible, as Mills puts it, ‘to build from the inside out rather than the outside in.’ … The challenge … is to achieve an acoustical solution that will suit the multi-purpose usage of the new hall.”

Posted November 8, 2017