Diller Scofidio + Renfro have unveiled the first renderings of the New York–based firm's design for the $370-million Centre for Music, which will be located at the southern tip of the Barbican complex in London.
Planned for the site currently occupied by the Museum of London, which is moving to a new home designed by Stanton Williams and Asif Khan, the Centre will include a multi-purpose foyer with café, bar, and multipurpose areas; a concert hall with 2,000 audience seats encircling the stage; a restaurant and outdoor terrace; and, at the top level of the structure, an intimate performance and event space called The Coda, which will have views of St. Paul's Cathedral and the London skyline. Outside, the street-level zone around the building will become a public plaza.
"The Centre would be a beehive of activity both day and night," writes the firm. "It would be a place where people want to spend time, even without a concert ticket."
DS+R landed the commission in fall 2017, beating out Amanda Levete, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Snøhetta, and Renzo Piano.