Centre for Music

London, UK

To be built inside London’s Square Mile, Centre for Music is an exciting new vision for a world-class Concert Hall for London. The building is to sit on the Museum of London site and will be a new home for the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

It will not only accommodate just the hall, but will house education, training and digital spaces, along with a high level of facilities for audiences and performers as well as supporting commercial areas. It will be a permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra and at its heart, be a place of welcome, participation, discovery and learning fit for the digital age.

‘This is an incredible moment for us, to be working in our home city with the extraordinary talents of Sir Simon Rattle, the LSO, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Barbican. We recognise this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a truly world-class destination for music,’ says Charcoalblue Senior Partner Gavin Green, ‘One that is open to everyone, promotes the cultural richness of London and celebrates the shared experience of live music.’

“This announcement is an exciting step forward in the plans for a 21st century centre for music that would be home to the London Symphony Orchestra. I am sure this outstanding design team will deliver plans for an exceptional new place for enjoyment and understanding of music that is welcoming and open to all”

Sir Simon Rattle

“The Centre for Music will be a transformative cultural project that will inspire current and future generations through the power and excitement of live music”

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican; Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director, LSO and Lynne Williams, Principal, Guildhall School

Charcoalblue are appointed to lead the auditorium design alongside architects DS&R and Nagata Acoustics, to help plan the building circulation and functional relationships, in particular the front of house and platform/back of house support spaces, as well as lead the technical design for the entire facility.

Project Details


Centre for Music


Diller Scofidio + Renfro





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