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Miami Beach New World Center by Frank Gehry

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, marks a new era for classical music with the inauguration of the institution’s first purpose-built home, an extraordinary new facility in the center of Miami Beach. Designed by Frank Gehry in close collaboration with the New World Symphony’s founder and artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, New World Center opens up exciting new possibilities in the way music is taught, presented and experienced and dramatically advances New World Symphony’s mission to provide exceptional professional training for the gifted young music school graduates who are its Fellows.


New World Center Exterior - © Claudia Uribe

  • Architects: Gehry Partners, LLP
  • Location: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
  • Design Partner: Frank Gehry
  • Project Designer: Craig Webb
  • Managing Partner: Terry Bell
  • Project Architect: Brad Winkeljohn
  • Project Manager: Kristin Ragins
  • Project Team: Curtis Christensen , Dan Sokolosky, Molly Forr, Lisa Cage , Shikha Doogar, Petar Vrcibradic, Leon Cheng, Vartan Chalikian, Armando Solano, Luciana Vidal, Rolando Mendoza
  • Acoustician: Nagata Acoustics America, Inc
  • Acoustical Team: Dr. Yasuhisa Toyota Motoo Komoda Kayo Kallas Daniel Beckmann Robert Mahoney, Robert F Mahoney & Associates
  • Structural Engineering: Gilsanz, Murray, Steficek, LLP
  • MEPFP Engineering: Cosentini & Associates
  • Theater Consultant: Theatre projects Consultants
  • Lighting Designer: LAM Partners, Inc.
  • Sound & Projection Consultants: Acoustic Dimensions, Sonitus, LLC
  • Landscape Architect: Raymond Jungles Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • Construction Manager: Hines
  • Performance Hall Seating: Poltrona Frau
  • Project Area: 100,641 sqf
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Rui Dias-Adios, Tomas Loewy


Harpa Concert & Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

Harpa Concert & Conference Centre in Reykjavik gathers inspiration from the northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic scenery.

Harpa Concert Hall External View 1

Harpa Concert Hall External View 1

Situated on the boundary between land and sea, the centre stands out like a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbour space as well as the vibrant life of the city. The spectacular facades have been designed in close collaboration between Henning Larsen Architects, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the engineering companies Rambøll and ArtEngineering GmbH from Germany.


Soka University Performing Arts Center and Academic Building

Monday, December 20th, 2010
  • Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
  • Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
  • Location: Orange County, California
  • Project Area: 47,836 Sq Ft
  • Year Built: 2008 – 2010

The $73 million university project in Orange County faced construction challenges and incorporated sustainable building methods to seek LEED Gold Certification.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. ( recently completed construction of Soka University of America’s new Performing Arts Center and Academic Building project, located on 1.9 acres of the Soka University campus. The new Performing Arts Center is designated to become a venue in South Orange County for concerts, theater productions, lectures and assemblies, enhancing Soka University’s role as a cultural center and community gathering place.

McCarthy served as general contractor for the $73 million project that began in December 2008. The project included construction of a three-level, 47,836-square-foot Performing Arts Center including a reception lobby, various support spaces and a 1,200 seat auditorium. McCarthy also built a 48,974-square-foot Academic Building located next to and providing support for the Performing Arts Center. The new four-level academic building houses 11 classrooms, 29 faculty offices, a 150-seat black box theater, four dressing rooms, a rehearsal/dance studio, musician warm-up spaces and other support areas. The project’s design and construction team is pursuing United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for the buildings.



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