One step closer to a new home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Playing full orchestraThe project to create a new home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra has moved a step closer, with the announcement of the winning architect. David Chipperfield Architects have been appointed the task of designing the 1,000-seat auditorium which will rival the best in Europe for acoustics and audience experience.

This award-winning international team is responsible for the acclaimed Neues Museum restoration in Berlin and is currently transforming the Royal Academy in London. Previous commissions include BBC Scotland HQ at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, and the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.

Our Chief Executive, Gavin Reid said: “David Chipperfield Architects demonstrated a real understanding of the requirements of a 21st century cultural centre and how to merge it sensitively within the existing environment. This very-well established and highly successful design team will create an exceptional venue with superb accessibility and facilities in the heart of Edinburgh. There will be enormous benefits to local residents, community and youth groups, schools, artists, tourists and businesses. Opportunities to reach communities further afield will be greatly enhanced through digital connectivity. With a founding ethos of collaboration, partnership and inclusion, this new venue promises to be an inspirational addition to Scotland’s cultural life.”

The new concert hall is being managed by IMPACT Scotland, a charitable trust set up to promote the development of the new venue. The site of the new auditorium is immediately behind Dundas House, the Royal Bank of Scotland offices at 36 St Andrew Square.

Nagata Associates, a world-leading consultancy on acoustics, is advising IMPACT Scotland and will work closely with the architect and design team. Their recent work includes the Elbe Philharmonic in Hamburg.