Dallas Opera Pioneers Interactive Opera - 30 October 2013More

Since opening in 2009 Dallas Opera have presented simulcasts of their operatic productions from Winspear Opera House  (Foster+Partners & Sound Space Design).  Venues have included Strauss Square next door to the Winspear Opera House (also Foster+Partners, Sound Space Design & Anne Minors Performance Consultants) and the Dallas Cowboys stadium, relayed on what was until recently the largest video board in the world (at 50m’ wide x 27m high).

On a night of firsts, last Friday night saw in the opening night of the Dallas Opera’s season with the debut performance by Emmanuel Villaume as Musical Director of the Dallas Opera (only the third person ever to be named to that position in the 56-year history of the company), the first simulcast and artistic collaboration with Klyde Warren Park (a community green space built over the freeway running alongside the Opera House), on the parks first anniversary.   The House was full and 3,700 crowded into the park.

And the theme continues.  Coming up in the 2013-2014 season is a collaboration with MIT Media Lab’s Tod Machover in which the Dallas Opera will present the worlds first interactive opera, “Death and the Powers”, from the Winspear Opera House.  On Sunday February 16th 2014 at 2 pm central time the opera “Death and the Powers” will be simulcast to locations across the US, London and Stockholm.  Patrons will be able to interact with the performance on stage to influence the opera visuals in real time and experience the opera from different perspectives.

Death and the Powers is one facet of the MIT Media Lab Opera of the Future Program, directed by Tod Machover (Professor of Music and Media at MIT Media lab, visiting Professor of Composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music and “America’s most wired composer” Los Angeles Times).

The video below presents a short introduction to the opera by it’s composer Tod Machover:

More information on this project can be found following the links below:

Dallas Opera Interactive Simulcast Press Release – Dallas Opera Presents Opera on a World Stage

MIT Media Lab “Death and the Powers” – Homepage

MIT Media Lab Opera of the Future – Homepage

Institute of Engineering Upgrade Works Commence - 25 October 2013More

As the building strip out gets underway, the Institute of Engineering and Technology publish the first of their series of videos documenting the upgrade of their Savoy Place headquarters.

This short includes an interview with lead Architect Ian Sharratt of Pringle Richards Sharratt.

Sound Space Design are acting as specialist theatre acoustician alongside Anne Minors Performance Consultants.  Please visit our IET project page for further project details.

SSD Present at International Symposium on Room Acoustics, Toronto - 20 August 2013More

In June  Bob Essert and Evan Green presented SSD’s current research at the International Symposium on Room Acoustics in Toronto.  Anne Minors attended as well.

These along with other papers can be found in our Library:

Why Silence?

Systematic Spatial Variations of Objective Measures in a 1-25 Scale Model Rectangular Concert Hall

The conference was held at the Royal Conservatory of Music which includes Koerner Hall – designed by SSD and AMPC with KPMB architects and opened in 2009. Bob also toured the 150 strong group around two past Toronto-based projects, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and Roy Thomson Hall.


Sound Space Design part of Xiqu Centre Competition Winning Team - 29 May 2013More

Sound Space Design have been appointed as Acoustic Consultants on the Xiqu (Chinese Opera) Centre in West Kowloon, Hong Kong.  The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority voted unanimously to appoint the competition winning design team led by architects Bing Thom Architects with Ronald Lu & Partners.  The Xiqu Centre,  the first of 17 arts and cultural venues making up the vast West Kowloon Cultural District, is  scheduled to open in 2016.

Please visit our Xiqu Centre project page for further details, or watch the animation prepared by Bing Thom presenting the award winning scheme below.

Garsington Opera Pavilion Wins 2012 BCI Best Project Award - 24 October 2012More

To add to an already impressive 3 RIBA awards this year, on 10th October 2012 Garsington Opera Pavilion was annouced the winner of the British Construction Industry (BCI) Best Project Award in the under £3M category in an awards ceremony that also marks the BCI’s 25th Anniversary year.

The award citation reads:

“The whole concept and delivery of a demountable structure to achieve an inspiring building pushes conventional boundaries of procurement, design and construction in many ways”.

Sound Space Design acted as Acoustic Consultant on this innovative project, that used lighweight materials in inventive ways to provide a reverberant and enveloping opera acoustic and level of sound reduction from rain noise not normally associated with outdoor, temporary, fabric structures.

Garsington Opera Pavilion featured on ITV Meridian Tonight - 21 September 2012More

Last night, ITV Meridian Tonight news featured an article on Garsington Opera Pavilion as part of a series on RIBA award winning buildings.

Perhaps prompted by the driving rain on the night they were there, Architect Robin Snell discusses Sound Space Design’s novel approach to reducing the rain noise inside the tented auditroum using a specially designed rain screen installed on top of main auditorium canopy.  Please follow this link  to view the article.

What they do not say it that Garsington Opera Pavilion is also a contender for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2012, to be announed 13 October 2012.

EXCLUSIVE: RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Revealed - 2 August 2012More

Lyric Theatre, Belfast a Sound Space Design project with O’Donnell+Tuomey, is one of the six shortlisted buildings for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s highest architectural honour.

In a recent Observer Exclusive Rowan Moore describes the Lyric Theatre, Belfast as his first choice.  William Hill have the Lyric Theatre, Belfast as joint third favorite (with odds of 4/1) behind the The Hepworth, by Chipperfield architects (3/1 favourite) and The Sainsbury Laboratory, by Stanton Williams (odds 7/2).  The Stirling prize will be awarded on 13th October 2012.

Follow the links in the article above to view our project page and the full Observer article, or follow this link to view the RIBA Stirling prize 2012 shortlist – in pictures on the guardian website.

Sound Space Design projects win five RIBA awards - 27 June 2012More

Sound Space Design projects have had a fantastic year at the 2012 RIBA awards, with wins in the national, regional and regional special award categories.

Garsington Opera Pavilion and Lyric Theatre, Belfast both won national awards and are now in the running for the 2012 Sterling Prize Shortlist.  Last weeks edition of The Architects Journal (21st June 2012) went to print with a different cover featuring each of the eligible projects, including these two.  Follow the links above to see each cover and access more project images.






Garsington Opera Pavilion (© Sound Space Design)                       Lyric Theatre, Belfast (© Sound Space Design)

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Royal Conservatory, Toronto wins 2012 Civic Trust International Award - 11 June 2012More

Sound Space Design, acousticians for the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performace and Learning in Toronto are proud to announce that it has won a 2012 Civic Trust International Award.

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