NY design team chosen for £250m Rattle Hall

The New York based design company Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been chosen to design the Barbican’s proposed new Centre for Music, expected to cost £250m to complete.

The firm’s portfolio includes New York’s Lincoln Centre, Museum of Modern Art and Juilliard School, and the team founded in 1981, is currently working on New York’s multi-disciplinary arts centre The Shed. It beat practices including Norman Foster, Amanda Levete and Renzo Piano to the commission for the centre and will work with the London-based architectural practice Sheppard Robson.  

The project is supported by the Corporation of London with a £2.5m grant to make the business case after the government withdrew its promised grant last year. 

The Centre for Music, nicknamed Rattle Hall following the proposal for a new hall by Sir Simon Rattle before his appointment as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra which will be resident in the venue, has a wide brief from its commissioners the Barbican Centre, the LSO and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As well as a world-class concert hall it will cover education, training with digital spaces, high grade facilities for audiences and performers, and significant supporting commercial areas.

“This announcement is an exciting step forward in the plans for a 21st century Centre for Music that would be home to the London Symphony Orchestra” Rattle said today. “I am sure this outstanding design team will deliver plans for an exceptional new place for the enjoyment and understanding of music that is welcoming and open to all.”


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