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

ennead architects: bing concert hall at stanford university

‘bing concert hall’ by ennead architects, stanford university, california, usaimage © 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


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