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Bing Concert Hall

Palo Alto, CA United States

Ennead Architects


Project Description

Stanford University and Ennead Architects have opened Bing Concert Hall, which will serve as the new home of the university’s music department, as well as Stanford Live, a program that brings performers of all genres to Stanford. Situated within Stanford’s campus arts district, the 112,365-square-foot Bing Concert Hall reinterprets existing campus architecture with a more contemporary expression by employing full-height, sliding curtainwall systems. The 842-seat performance venue also houses rehearsal spaces and a music library, and boasts sail-shaped, variable acoustic tuning devices; foot-thick concrete walls isolate the hall from outside noise, while angled acoustic wall reflectors and a double-curved ceiling reflector optimize sound within the hall. Light wells surround the central, oval-shaped main concert hall, allowing daylight to penetrate deep into the lobby area. Terraces on the north and south sides of the hall provide outdoor rehearsal spaces for performers, and gathering space for events, respectively, while the building forms visual connections with the rest of the campus arts buildings along its east-west axis, which terminates at the Polshek and Partners-designed Cantor Arts Center. Stanford University hopes that this addition will contribute to its Arts Initiative, which aims to refocus education around arts programming.

A fly-through video of the Bing Concert Hall can be seen here:


Project Details

Bing Concert Hall
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    Richard Olcott (design partner); Timothy Hartung (management partner); Stephen Chu (senior designer); Steven Peppas (project manager); Chris Andreacola - concept, Mahasti Fakourbayat - design, Greg Clawson - construction (project architects); Gary Anderson, Andrew Burdick, Jeff Geisinger, Kyo Jin, Joerg Kiesow, Stephen Kim, Lindsay McCullough, Charmian Place, Yong Roh, Andy Sniderman, Aimee St. Germain, Na Sun, Marcela Villarroel-Trindade, Todd Walbourn, Desiree Wong (project team)
  • Acoustics: Nagata Acoustics America 
  • Theater: Fisher Dachs Associates 
  • Sound Isolation/Noise Control: Robert F. Mahoney & Associates 
  • Audio: Sonitus 
  • Video: Boyce Nemec 
  • Structural Engineer: Degenkolb Engineers 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Taylor Engineering 
  • Plumbing Engineer: Taylor Engineering 
  • Geotechnical: Cornerstone Earth Group 
  • Civil Engineer: Wilsey Ham 
  • Electrical Engineer: The Engineering Enterprise 
  • Landscape Architect: Office of Cheryl Barton 
  • Sustainability: Atelier Ten 
  • Energy Model: Gabel Energy Associates 
  • Lighting Designer: Brandston Partnership 
  • Curtain Wall: Heintges & Associates 
  • Specifications: Construction Specifications 
  • Security: Safir Rosetti (Guidepost Solutions) 
  • Code: Rolf Jensen & Associates 
  • Elevator: Lerch Bates 
  • Graphics: Kate Keating Associates, Propp + Guerin 
  • Cost: Donnell Consultants Inc., Clare Randall-Smith 
  • Furniture: RMA Design Studios 
  • Parametric Modeling: CASE 
  • Renderings & Animations: Crystal 
  • Physical Models: Situ Studio, Gemmiti Model Art 
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    112,365 sq ft


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