CLADmag issue1 2019

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CLAD news

CLAD News Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveil designs for “once in a generation” Centre for Music


ew York-based architecture

As the focal point for the Culture

practice Diller Scofidio +

Mile, the building is expected to

Renfro (DS+R) have released

refresh and ‘open-up’ the southern

the first concept designs

tip of the Barbican complex, a

for the long-anticipated London

space DS+R’s founding partner,

Centre for Music. Set to become

Elizabeth Diller has said was a

the newest addition to London’s

“casualty of mid-century planning”.

Culture Mile – an array of institutes

According to the architects,

and landmarks situated around St

the design for the structure is

Paul’s Cathedral – the Centre for

inspired by the many-hued layers

Music will feature a 2000-person

of natural geological formations.

capacity, surround-seating concert

The space will host both intimate and large-scale events venues

Once complete, the Centre for

hall; a multi-tiered foyer with

Music will be managed by the

called it a “once in a generation

extensive public galleries and

Barbican and will serve both as the

opportunity to transform access to

event spaces; and the Coda, an

home of the London Symphony

and engagement in great music”.

intimate, top-floor performance

Orchestra and as the base for

venue offering views of St Paul’s

the Guildhall School of Music &

chair at the CLC, said it was a

and the City of London skyline.

Drama’s Institute for Social Impact

“real statement of confidence in

The property will also include

In a video description of the

Catherine McGuinness, policy

London”. The next stage of work

an outdoor amphitheatre and

scheme, Sir Nicholas Kenyon,

on the development is estimated to

commercial units, and a restaurant.

managing director at the Barbican,

conclude by the end of the year.

Nagata Acoustics designed the main concert hall


We imagine a concert hall for the 21st century that embraces both a bespoke and a loose fit approach Elizabeth Diller

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