Santiago Calatrava, Design Architect, Zurich, Switzerland
Pelli Clarke Pelli, Master Plan Architect, New Haven, CT
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Theatre Consultant, San Francisco, CA
Donnell Consultants; Cost Consultants; Tampa, FL
The new soaring steel, glass, and concrete Symphony Center will be first dedicated concert hall and educational facility in the 60-year history of the Atlanta Symphony. In addition to a 2,200-seat concert hall, the design calls for a rehearsal hall, a studio hall and an 11,000-square-foot learning center. The unique design concept for the facility uses a "vineyard" configuration coupled with an adjustable acoustic volume to adjust the reverberation time of the space for varied performances.
The acoustic features of this new space will include an adjustable ceiling height to customize acoustics for varied performances. Carried within the soaring vertical volume of the space, this movable ceiling will allow the room’s reverberation time to change, while remaining intimately coupled to the main volume of the room. Two other performance spaces, a Rehearsal Hall and a Studio Hall, will provide seating for 300-350 and 300 persons respectively.
As part of the largest center in the United States for the performing and visual arts, the Woodruff Arts Center provides a home for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Atlanta College of Art, Alliance Theater, and Young Audiences of Atlanta. Kirkegaard Associates was extensively involved with the Atlanta Symphony during the initial period of hall analysis and evaluation, and is working to provide full acoustics consulting services for this dynamic new venue. When completed, the expanded campus will feature architectural statements by Joseph Amisano, Richard Meier, Renzo Piano and Santiago Calatrava.