Aerial image of Edinburgh with proposed site.
Original image courtesy Colander Associates Aerial image of Edinburgh with proposed site.

The organizers for a competition to design a new concert hall in Edinburgh, Scotland, today announced the shortlisted teams, selected from 69 entrants in the initial stage. Commissioned by the International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT Scotland), the project seeks to develop a concert venue that will host the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as other performance groups and events and provide a public lobby. The initial "request for expressions of interest" document from Colander Associates, the competition organizers, emphasizes the need for "acoustic perfection" in the building, and notes:

"IMPACT Scotland must be exceptional, inclusive, accessible, welcoming, sophisticated, special, permeable and open. It must exude perfection and confidence but it must not be exclusive, over elaborate or self-serving and, it must work: smoothly, efficiently, without pain and for the long-term—for visitors, artists and performers, house-staff and for Edinburgh."

The shortlisted teams are: Adjaye Associates with Sandy Brown, Buro Happold, and DHA Designs; Allies and Morrison with Charcoalblue, Speirs + Major, HarrisonStevens, and Buro Happold; Barozzi Veiga with Alan Baxter, Max Fordham, Kahle Acoustics, 3DReid, and Ian White Associates; David Chipperfield Architects with Arup, Whitby Mohajer Engineers, Gross Max, and Theatre Projects; KPMB Architects with Simpson & Brown Architects, David Narro Associates, Arup, Sound Space Vision, Rankinfraser Landscape Architecture, and Transsolar Energietechnik; and Richard Murphy Architects with Arup, Graven Images, Gross Max, and Montagu Evans.

Allies and Morrison, one of the shortlisted teams, prepared a master plan report last year that, combined with a brief by Nagata Acoustics and IMPACT Scotland's Business Plan, will inform the shortlisted teams in the second stage of the competition. The winning team is expected to be announced in April.

If the project sticks to the schedule outlined in the request for expressions of interest, construction will start late next year or early 2019, and the new concert hall will open in fall of 2020.

IMPACT Scotland Site Location Plan and Views (Courtesy Colander Associates) by architectmag on Scribd