The proposed Centre for Music at the Barbican in London, backed by Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra – one of the three partners in the project - has taken a significant step forward. It now has a unified design concept, courtesy of the world-leading New York architectural practice of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
The aim is to “turn the Barbican’s inwardly focused campus inside out, providing ample, light-filled public space, a world-class concert hall, and much needed learning and outreach spaces.” The concert hall is the heart of the scheme, and an awful lot hangs on it. It has to be a knock-out in terms of design to bear comparison with what will be its chief...
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