New World Symphony
Gehry Partners, LLP
The main entrance of New World Center is set in a soaring, 80-foot-high glass curtain wall on the east facade, providing uninterrupted views of the skylit main atrium and the dramatic, tumbling forms of the interior spaces beyond.
Created using glass with no iron content, the curtain wall is
utterly clear and disappears when lit from within, by the skylight
during the day and by the space's 44 programmable,
multi-directional colored lights at night. Playful, tumbling
geometric forms delineate the structure of the internal
The entrance is distinguished by a white, wave-like canopy, and
opens out onto a plaza and a two-and-a-half acre public park.
A 650-square-foot LED light field will be positioned at the top of
the transparent wall, branding the institution and announcing its
Located to the right of the atrium is the performance hall, its
structure masked on the east facade by a giant, 7,000-square-foot
projection wall, adjoining the glass-fronted entrance. The
projection wall will be used for outdoor presentations and will be
complemented by an immersive audio system in the adjacent
park. The main viewing area located in the park opposite the
projection wall will accommodate up to 1,000 people, and will be
surrounded by speakers designed to look like two giant, gently
curving ballet barres.
The six-story high, glass-fronted atrium provides a spectacular and dynamic entry-point to the building, with its playful, tumbling geometric forms delineating the structure of the internal spaces. When viewed from outside the building at night, these large, dramatically-lit, irregular forms will take on the character of performers on a proscenium stage, turning the building itself into a performance.
The skylit atrium incorporates the campus' box office, a large,
illuminated glass bar with an undulating, green-tinted titanium
canopy, and baby-blue banquettes with plywood backing. The space
features polished concrete floors and painted walls.
The iconic performance hall is a technically sophisticated,
flexible and immersive space with seating for 756 people. Uniquely
designed entryways lead from the atrium into the hall, with two
serpentine corridors delicately narrowing and then widening to
dramatically reveal the space. Visitors will enter the hall
in its center, by the stage, and will be greeted by a 360-degree
view of the space.
Large, 360-degree curvilinear acoustic sails span the upper half
of the space, and double as projection surfaces that will enhance
the concert-going experience with theatrical lighting, specially
commissioned videos and projected contextual information from
fourteen 30,000 lumen projectors. Natural light in the performance
hall is afforded via an overhead skylight and a large panoramic
window located behind the stage.
An intimate space, the performance hall is designed to support everything from solo recitals to concerts by the New World Symphony's full orchestra. To simulate the acoustical conditions of a much larger concert hall within a relatively small space, the design provides sufficient volume for the sound to develop.
Fourteen distinctive configurations of the stage and in-the-round seating allow for new performance experiences.
Built in the heart of Miami Beach, New World Center, the New World Symphony's new campus, is an innovative facility for music education and performance with state-of-the-art technical capabilities, and an adjacent 2.5-acre public park into which the institution will extend its programming. The campus is the first purpose-built home for the New World Symphony.
Gehry Technologies, using Digital Project for the master 3D
building information model, is responsible for BIM coordination
with Gehry Partners, engineers, contractors, and others on the
Facts about New World Symphony
Total building site:
100,641 ft2 (gross)
Performance Hall: 29,595 ft2
(including catwalks and back-of-house area)
Gehry Partners, LLP
Acoustician: Nagata Acoustics Inc.
Dr. Yasuhisa Toyota
Robert F Mahoney & Associates
Structural Engineering: Gilsanz, Murray, Steficek, LLP
Cosentini & Associates
Theatre Projects Consultants
LAM Partners, Inc.
Sound & Projection Consultants:
Acoustic Dimensions, Sonitus, LLC
Raymond Jungles Associates
Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc.
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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