The Downtown Relocation of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Lara Swimmer Photography
This cultural anchor of downtown Seattle houses two major concert spaces: the 2500 seat main orchestra hall in three tiers and the more intimately sized 540 seat recital hall. Extensive acoustic research and analysis was done during the design process to ensure that the sound in this hall would be, as critics have since confirmed, one of the finest sounding concert venues in the world. Part of that effort included eliminating the low rumble of freight trains from a tunnel running diagonally across the site 60’ below ground. The solution required isolating the enormous box of the concert hall on 300 neoprene pads wedged between 6’ deep concrete beams.
Bruce Donnally was the Principal in Charge of Design for this project with LMN Architects