London Symphony’s planned concert hall to include restaurant, commercial space, public gathering areas

Posted on: January 23, 2019

“A new London concert hall, which its supporters believe would be as transformative for classical music as Tate Modern was for the visual arts, has been budgeted at £288m,” writes Mark Brown in Monday’s (1/21) Guardian (U.K.). “The cost and first designs for the ‘centre for music’ on the site of the Museum of London were unveiled on Monday. The concept includes a pedestrian plaza and foyer above which would sit an ‘acoustically perfect’ 2,000-seat concert hall for the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Rising further would be four floors of commercial space, a destination restaurant and, at the top, a more intimate venue for jazz and other performances…. The £288m will all come from private donations…. There would also be breakout areas for musicians to perform within the audience…. [Architect Liz Diller] said it provided huge potential and would bring a southern entrance to the Barbican site which was ‘transparent, porous and welcoming.’ … The plans have been backed by the City of London Corporation, which has provided £2.49m for the next phase of work. The most crucial part of that is raising the money.”

Posted January 23, 2019

In photo: Concept design by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro for the entry plaza of the Centre for Music in London