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ennead architects: bing concert hall at stanford university
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apr 26, 2013
ennead architects: bing concert hall at stanford university


‘bing concert hall’ by ennead architects, stanford university, california, usa
image © jeff goldberg / esto
all images courtesy of ennead architects

 

 

 

 

the elliptical space of bing concert hall opened to sold out performances, filling its 842 seats to capacity. the design by richard olcott of
ennead architects is the new hub of stanford university and includes artists’ suites, a music library, instrument storage rooms and practice rooms,
a lounge and a large performance hall as well as generous ancillary amenity facilities. the architects worked with leading acoustician
dr. yasuhisa toyota of nagata acoustics to create an exemplary facility. the myriad curved surfaces accomodate the hall’s primary aim in
hosting unamplified musical performances from the likes of jazz, spoken word and experimental music. additionally, video projections,
simulcast, mixing and recording technologies are incorporated into the building. the ordered axiality of the stanford campus is maintained while
the architecture becomes a porous, glazed gesture on the landscape. the encircling lobby sports strategically placed light wells that work with
the 19 foot high glass and aluminum curtain wall, equipped with sliding sections.exterior colonnades frame outdoor gathering spaces that
bolster overall campus circulation, while more intimate terraces for performers overlook a generous clearing reserved for outdoor events.

 

see designboom’s previous coverage of the concert hall and accompanying fly-through video here.

 

 

 

view of the porous hall
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

casual outdoor spaces
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

notions of interior and exterior are fluid
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

the glazed lobby encircles the drum-like performance area
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

the main space is comprised of myriad curves surfaces
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

interior view of the great hall
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

curved surfaces make for optimal acoustics
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

light enters the space through a glass and aluminum curtain wall
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 


image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

the hall is offset from the with strategic glazing
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 


image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

the warm exterior is a marker on the landscape
image © jeff goldberg / esto

 

 

 

construction view shows the network of scaffolding required of the building
image © stanfordlive

 

 


image © stanfordlive

 

 

in progress view of the main space
image © stanfordlive

 

 

the ‘sails’ of the interior are set
image © stanfordlive

 

 


image © stanfordlive

 

 

wooden planks complete the floor
image © stanfordlive

 

 

the complex building skeleton
image © jun seita

 

 

metal frame
image © jun seita

 

 

full article here

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