With news that chancellor George Osborne is backing Simon Rattle’s campaign for a major new concert hall in London, the AJ asks who should design it?
This week world-famous conductor Rattle made national headlines by claiming that the capital lacked a venue with the acoustics that would do justice to London’s best orchestras and musicians.
Now Osborne has announced an official viability study into the potential project, declaring that a new venue could give ‘significant artistic, educational and economic benefits’ to London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has already thrown his weight behind Rattle’s calls, stating the landmark building would bolster the capital’s claims to be the ‘world’s capital of culture’.
So here are six possible early contenders to design it - use the voting button right to select your favourite, or suggest alternatives in the comment box below.
The early runners and riders:
- DRDH - newcomers to the concert hall-building scene, but already have the über-impressive, acoustically superb Bodo building in Norway under their belt. Time to give them a similar chance in the UK?
- Haworth Tompkins - RIBA 2014 Stirling Prize winners and consummate professionals. The practice’s jaw-dropping back catalogue includes the Young Vic, Royal Court Theatre and mould-breaking Everyman in Liverpool.
- Bennetts Associates - theatre stalwarts whose Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford was a Stirling Prize contender in 2011. Masters at re-jigging existing venues.
Source: Peter Cook
- Zaha Hadid Architects - Always one for the big occasion, Hadid has form in the centrepiece concert hall commission having polished off the glistening Guangzhou opera house in 2010.
- Hopkins - The nearly 40-year-old practice has proved it can do venues. Glyndebourne Opera house (1994) and the Olympic Velodrome (2012) spring to mind. A safe pair of hands.
Source: Morley von Sternberg
- Frank Gehry - The 85-year-old American starchitect is still going strong and could more than handle designing a London showstopper to match the mirrored magic of his Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) in Los Angeles.