DS+R to Lead Design Center for Music in London

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been confirmed to lead the design of Center for Music, the future home for the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Spearheading a team that includes BuroHappold, AECOM, Nagata Acoustics, and theater consulting company Charcoalblue, DS+R is expected to deliver a design concept by December 2018.

“My studio is very honored to be chosen from among this stellar group of architects and thrilled to have the chance to create an important cultural building for London, our first in the U.K.,” Diller Scofidio + Renfro Partner Elizabeth Diller said in a statement. “We look forward to working with three of London’s greatest institutions and the opportunity to align their artistic, educational, and civic visions for the Center for Music.”

The proposal from the New York–based firm beat out a shortlist of competitors that included Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, and Snøhetta. The new building will accommodate a 2,000-seat concert hall, education and training facilities, and commercial spaces.

“The new building will meet the needs of artists and audiences today with a keen eye toward the future,” Diller added. “It will be sensitive to the inherited character of the Barbican and its vital role in Culture Mile while directly engaging the contemporary urban life of the city. We aspire to make a hub where people want to spend their time, with or without a ticket.”