more visible and accessible; and two terraces, on the ground
and upper levels, will make for pleasant indoor-outdoor flow
for many months of the year. People arriving via the skyway,
now the most common entry point, will no longer encounter
a bottleneck, and they can choose an escalator,
elevator or stairs to reach main floor.
Showcase:
What’s new inside the auditorium?
McKenna:
The single most important thing
about the concert hall is that for audiences,
the acoustics will be as brilliant as ever. But
the musicians onstage have always had trouble
hearing each other, and to improve this, baffles
were added at the sides, level with and appearing
as extensions of the balconies, an enhancement
worked out by Bob Essert of Sound Space Design,
our acoustician for this project. The new seats
are a bit wider, again for comfort, and new cross
aisles will alleviate crowding as people come and
go. They also offer easy access to flexible mid-
auditorium areas that can accommodate regular
seating or wheelchairs, for which many more
spaces now exist throughout the Hall.
Showcase:
What further thoughts would you
like to add?
McKenna:
We were honored to be entrusted
with this important assignment, and we hope
that the test of time shows that we met our
goal—serving the Orchestra, the community and the city in
ways that inspire the highest quality of music performance
and enrich every patron’s experience. We want our design to
resonate as beautifully as the Orchestra’s music.
Looking out through the curtain-wall windows of the
Roberta Mann Grand Foyer toward 11th Street, with
one of the lobby’s very creative touches—a custom-
designed, cloud-like light fixture—visible at upper left.
Photo: George Heinrich Photography
Above: View from Lindahl Terrace, on the mezzanine level.
Photo: George Heinrich Photography
Below: A Symphony Ball dinner in the new Target Atrium.
Photo: Noah Wolf Photography
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