First opened in 1951, Royal Festival Hall was Britain's first major modernist public building and remains the most important architectural creation of its post-war culture. Kirkegaard carried out a comprehensive program of computer and 1:20 physical scale modeling to analyze historically sensitive acoustic modifications. Close design team collaboration resulted in a narrower and deeper stage area, lightweight tensioned fabric acoustic reflectors, new chillers and underfloor supply, and additional wall mass. The result was the improvement of ensemble conditions and audience experience, and fuller accommodation of symphonic and choral ensembles, ballet and popular events.
Project Details
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
Allies & Morrison, Architect, London, England
Carr & Angier, Theatre Consultant, London, England
22,000 gsf
2,700-seat concert hall
2008 - Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Public Space Award 2008 - Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Arts & Leisure Award