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Images emerge of Chipperfield’s Scottish Chamber Orchestra scheme


Images have emerged of David Chipperfield Architects’ £45 million home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh

The practice’s London studio won an international competition for the high-profile scheme last spring, beating Adjaye Associates, Allies and Morrison, Richard Murphy Architects, Toronto-based KPMB Architects and Swiss outfit Barozzi Veiga.

Now a glimpse has been given of how the 1,000-capacity concert venue will look.

The development will be built on a gap site off St Andrew Square in Edinburgh New Town, behind the head office of the Royal Bank of Scotland. It will also include rehearsal, recital and recording spaces.

David Chipperfield said: ’We are very excited to be working on the new music venue in a city renowned around the world for its arts and culture. The setting, within the context of Edinburgh’s historic New Town, is also both stimulating and challenging. The new music venue will not only provide a modern performance space for Edinburgh but also create a new public place in this somewhat hidden corner of the city.’

Ewan Brown, chair of project-backer the International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust, said: ’This is an exciting stage in the creation of a vibrant new home for all kinds of music and performance in Edinburgh. We have set the bar high for our design team, asking them to produce a truly modern venue with exceptional acoustics, which also embraces and complements the heritage that surrounds it.

’This is a building being designed from the inside out, with at its heart, a hall offering world-class acoustics for performers and audiences. The design team have concentrated on getting this right, and we are now developing the look of this truly exceptional building and how it will sympathetically enhance its hidden location.’

The two-stage contest, organised by Colander Associates, received 69 entries, with six finalists each receiving £10,000 to draw up their designs.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Some positive similarities with Kadawittfeldarchitektur's excellent room for the 2015 Beethoven Festspielhaus competition in Bonn; where DCA was also shortlisted.

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  • I am delighted to see that this project is underway. Despite the OJEU process, which is capable of drawing the pleasure out of most competitions, we really enjoyed running the competition for this client. They have set the bar really high for their designers - both acoustic and architectural and really believe that good design will enable them to achieve their high aims. I wish them, Nagata Acoustics and David Chipperfield Architects all the best and look forward to seeing and hearing the project when it is complete.

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