Building the Hall

Friendship and Innovation

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Frank Gehry's Pierre Boulez Saal

The conception and construction of this unique hall was driven forward not only by the ideals behind it, but also by a strong sense of companionship and shared purpose. It is befitting that this space will enable each listener to feel a direct connection to the performers, while musicians can fully realize their vision in a space customized for their art.

An Inspirational Sketch

American architect Frank Gehry, a friend of both Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez, incorporated Barenboim’s impulses into his design with an expertise and brilliance that the artists share. The initial sketch of ovals Gehry presented to Daniel Barenboim left on him an unequaled impression. Barenboim encouraged the architect to pursue his initial creative spark to create a non-traditional concert hall. Though at first skeptical, Gehry conceived his exceptional design, in the end realizing that “Artists sometimes recognize other artists in ways that we don’t really understand.”
Another leading innovator of our time, globally acclaimed acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, joined the effort to create the impeccable acoustics of the hall. Out of pure conviction, both Mr. Gehry and Mr. Toyota donated their work as a generous gift in appreciation of the project’s vision.

A Part of Berlin

As an integral part of Berlin, the building of the Barenboim-Said Akademie is nestled in its cultural and historical center. The original exterior of this designated landmark will continue to serve as a reminder of the buildings meaningful past, while humbly housing an ingeniously innovative and technically powerful interior. In addition to the Pierre Boulez Saal, the renovation works of the academy will add 21 rehearsal rooms, an auditorium, a library, offices and other ancillary spaces that fill an area of 6,500 square meters.

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