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Recreation, Sports & Leisure
Pure Geometry
Architect: Dixon Jones Ltd
T
he winner of the coveted Gold between the columns and the wall to modify came from a single 500 year old oak tree.
Award Wood Awards 2009 went to the acoustic for speech or amplified music. The tree, named Contessa by its owners, grew
London’s Kings Place Concert Hall, This relatively complex design detail allows this in an ancient hunting forest that now belongs to
which also picked up the adaptation to happen without changing the the local community. There is no formal
Commercial and Public Access architectural appearance of the hall. replanting system: the tree is felled and where
Award. The Kings Place development in The architecture of the hall emerged from a the acorns have fallen the forest reseeds.
King’s Cross is a brand new cultural landmark close collaboration between Dixon Jones and The woodmen were very keen for the veneer to
offering an exciting range of mixed use facilities. Arup Acoustics, with every element of the interior be used for a major architectural project and sold
There are many significant aspects to this having to conform to strict acoustic criteria. in a single lot.
building, but perhaps the most important is the Broadly speaking, the regular columns and That one tree yielded over an acre of prime
new public concert hall, the first to be built in coffers at the top of the interior deal with the long grade veneer. It has been used throughout the
central London since the completion of the sound waves. At the bottom of the space, concert hall to cover the roof coffers, columns,
Barbican in 1982. Holding 420 people, the timber lining has a complex series of irregular wall panelling, doors and seat backs thus
Kings Place Concert Hall possesses state of the slots that controls the shorter frequencies. providing total colour and grain matching across
art acoustics and boasts an elegant interior. The result is a concert hall with the flexibility to the project. There was even enough veneer left
The concert hall amplifies the sense of intimacy, vary the acoustic to meet the strict demands of to face the panelling of a second smaller
yet it is large enough to accommodate a small classical chamber music, as well as many other performance space at Kings Place.
orchestra which has seen the hall regularly being kinds of performance including spoken word. The design, a collaboration between architect
used for live radio broadcasts. The hall interior has been lined with European Dixon Jones Ltd and Arup Acoustics, ticked all
In terms of its construction, it is a building oak veneer, hand selected by the project team the right boxes for the independent judging
within a building, a box that sits on rubber from the Spessart region of Germany. This area panel who commented that this is a “truly
mounts to give it complete acoustic separation is renowned for providing some of Europe’s outstanding project which is a tour de force of
from the rest of the building and the outside finest timber and produces oak with a rich precision joinery, balancing acoustic
world. Structural columns around the hall are set honey colour and consistent grain structure. performance with the pure rational geometry
away from the walls to allow curtains to be drawn Amazingly all of the veneer sourced for the hall sought out by the architect.”
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