London concert halls- an architect’s view

The Royal Festival Hall : “not quite right”

A very interesting presentation this afternoon at the Barbican, by architect Sir Jeremy Dixon of Dixon Jones, the practice behind both the King’s Place project and the Royal Opera redevelopment.

A lot of background on King’s Place, but also some interesting opinions……
On concert halls in London
“London does not have the 1500-1800 concert hall it needs. Birmingham does. Manchester does. To have spent all that money on the Royal Festival Hall was not quite right. The money should have been spent to make a hall that’s not there.
On having had the Royal Opera as a client on its redevelopment project
“The Royal Opera House was unclear as to what it wanted. [the brief] was subject to ebb and flow.

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