July 2, 2008
by Canadian Architect
Following an international competition, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and officials from the City and County of Denver announced that Toronto architectural firm Diamond and Schmitt Architects has been chosen to lead the design of the Boettcher Concert Hall project. For this project Diamond and Schmitt Architects and have partnered with Denver-based Oz Architecture.
Principal Jack Diamond leads the design team that includes principal Gary McCluskie and associates Michael Treacy and Matthew Lella, the same team that spearheaded the design of Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
From an initial group of firms that included KPMB, Barton Myers, Bing Thom, Holzman Moss and Snohetta, Diamond and Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Oz Architecture was chosen from among six finalists who presented their design concepts at the end of June. The competing design teams included Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Grimshaw Architects, LMN Architects, David M. Schwarz, and Zeidler Partnership.
“We had an exceptionally strong list of impressive finalists for this project. All of the submissions were solid and exciting,” said Doug Adams, President and CEO of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. “In a very real sense, we selected a winner and had five firms tied for second place. The Colorado Symphony looks forward to working with Jack Diamond and team in the creation of a world class symphony center for Denver.”
Built in 1978 and suffering from severe acoustical and accessibility issues, as well as major deterioration and a lack support space, Boettcher Concert Hall will undergo a redesign thanks to Denver voters who approved a $60-million bond initiative in November 2007. With an additional financial commitment of at least $30 million from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver’s new symphony centre will provide the orchestra with an elegant and beautiful home that will include a state-of-the-art acoustical hall and dedicated spaces for public gatherings, educational offerings, artist dressing rooms, a music library, and rehearsal and office space.
Construction on Boettcher Concert Hall is anticipated to begin in 2010.