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Gehry Designs Concert Hall for Wimbledon

Monday, February 25, 2019

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Renowned architect Frank Gehry is reportedly on the path to designing another concert venue—this time in Wimbledon.

The Plan

Gehry has reportedly provided concept designs for a 1,250-seat venue in south-west London, backed by Anthony Wilkinson, the director of Wimbledon International Music Festival. The site would also feature another 300 “seasonal seats,” according to the Architects’ Journal.

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Wilkinson apparently visited Gehry’s New World Center hall in Miami and immediately wrote to him about the Wimbledon project.

Wilkinson apparently visited Gehry’s New World Center hall in Miami and immediately wrote to him about the Wimbledon project.

“I thought that’s the kind of concert hall I want," said Wilkinson. "I want a vineyard not a shoebox.”

The news comes after plans were revealed last month for the Centre for Music hall in the city of London. That venue is designed by New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, but Wilkinson and Gehry stress that the halls are complementary to one another, not rivals.

Acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota has also been recruited to work on the project.

The complex is slated to be “multi-genre” and will aim to serve local groups and international acts alike.

The search is now on for funding, though the project already has a pledge of 1 million pounds ($1.3 million). The project is estimated to cost about 65 million pounds.

   

Tagged categories: Color + Design; Color + Design; Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Frank Gehry; North America

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