Behind-the-scenes perspectives in concert hall acoustical design

Posted on: May 6, 2021

A new book, Concert Halls by Nagata Acoustics: Thirty Years of Acoustical Design for Music Venues and Vineyard-Style Auditoria (Springer), offers an inside look at the design process and ​other considerations behind 32 international vineyard-style performance venues, among them Walt Disney Concert Hall, New World Symphony Center, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Written by Yasuhisa Toyota, Motoo Komoda, Daniel Beckmann, Marc Quiquerez, and Erik Bergal, the book features architectural drawings, photographs, commentary on the design process of each hall, and acoustical and architectural data provided as reference information for architects and acousticians. Following the project anthology is an overview of the history, development, and acoustical features of vineyard- and surround-style concert halls, and an overview of Toyota’s design philosophy. Technical and general discussions give architects and music professionals insights and perspectives into concert hall design.