KPMB Architects shortlisted for design of new arts centre in Edinburgh

Photo by Marco Borggreve, courtesy of Rhinegold Publishing
Photo by Marco Borggreve, courtesy of Rhinegold Publishing

KPMB Architects has been shortlisted for the design of a new arts centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. The proposed new building will provide a performance, rehearsal and recording home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The auditorium will meet the long-recognized need for a purpose-built, mid-sized performance venue in Edinburgh, combining excellent acoustics with access for all forms of popular music, jazz, folk, chamber and other small classical music groups as well as solo and song recitals and small dance ensembles.

Each August the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) which is the world’s premier arts festival, will adopt the complex as one of its principal, all-day venues for festival performances.

Throughout the year the centre will allow people from all communities the opportunity to enjoy life-enhancing cultural and educational experiences, offering the finest facilities for young musicians to perform, train and receive coaching from the SCO, other professional artists and EIF performers.

The six shortlisted teams include:

  • KPMB (Toronto) with Simpson & Brown Architects, David Narro Associates, Arup, Sound Space Vision, rankinfraser landscape architecture and Transsolar Energietechnik
  • Adjaye Associates (London) with Sandy Brown, Buro Happold and DHA Designs
  • Allies & Morrison (London) with Charcoalblue, Speirs & Major, Harrison Stevens and Buro Happold
  • Barozzi Veiga (Switzerland) with Alan Baxter, Max Fordham, KahleAcoustics, 3DReid and Ian White Associates
  • David Chipperfield (London) with Arup, Whitby Mohajer Engineers, GROSS MAX and Theatre Projects
  • Richard Murphy (Edinburgh) with Arup, Graven Images, GROSS MAX and Montagu Evans

The winning team is expected to be announced in April 2017.