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Bing Concert Hall

Ennead Architects

Stanford University has nurtured many of the best talents of Silicon Valley, and they have given back so generously that the school has been criticized for favoring technology over the humanities. The creation of a new arts district at the edge of the campus helps to rebut that charge, and the Bing Concert Hall sets a high standard for the buildings that will follow. Ennead Architects, a New York firm that grew out of the Polshek Partnership, secured the commission to create an auditorium for unamplified musical performances. Working with Nagata Acoustics, which has won acclaim for music spaces around the world, Ennead has created an exemplary facility for the vibrant musical culture of Stanford and a public resource for the San Francisco Bay Area.
An oval drum of reinforced concrete provides acoustic isolation for the 842-seat auditorium. It’s faced in ochre-toned stucco...

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