The London Symphony Orchestra is one step closer to having a permanent home, as New York–based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been selected to design the new Centre for Music in London.
In a statement, the selection panel called the architects’ ideas for the Centre “visionary,” adding that of the six shortlisted firms, DS+R “most clearly met the vision and ambition of this project, utilizing their experience of creating inspiring new spaces for culture to present a proposal that delivers a world-class concert hall in an outstanding new building.”
The masterminds of the High Line have an impressive portfolio of fine and performing arts projects, from the redevelopment of Lincoln Center and the expansion of the Julliard School, both in New York; to the design of the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley. The firm also has a major project currently underway in Manhattan: the Shed, a flexible performing and visual arts facility. DS+R is collaborating with Rockwell Group on the project, which is slated to open in 2019.
Partner Elizabeth Diller said her firm is “very honored” to have been selected for the project, which will represent their first in the UK. “The new building will meet the needs of artists and audiences today with a keen eye toward the future,” she said in a statement. “We aspire to make a hub where people want to spend their time, with or without a ticket.”
Backed by £2.5million in funding from the City of London Corporation, the Centre for Music project will be located in the City of London—the historic center and central business district of the English capital—and will include a concert hall, areas for education and training, and surrounding commercial areas. DS+R will lead the design team, which includes BuroHappold, AECOM, Nagata Acoustics, and theatre consultants Charcoalblue, and deliver a concept design by December 2018.