Stanford University, Bing Concert Hall

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Stanford University, Bing Concert Hall

Bing Concert Hall exemplifies the seamless integration of architecture, acoustics and technology to transform the practice, study and experience of the performing arts.

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The design of Bing Concert Hall was imagined from the beginning as a “clearing in the woods” – a place apart, at some remove from the hubbub of the main campus, a place to be discovered, a place to come together.

Richard Olcott, Design Partner
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A beacon above the trees, the concert hall drum draws the eye and establishes the building as an arts anchor and destination, visible from multiple vantage points on campus and the surrounding community.

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The site design reinforces the balance between the arcadian arboretum and the ordered axiality of the campus grid. The building is conceived as an organic form, with no straight lines, no formal axes, no symmetries, no front and back; however, it retains the distinctive color and materiality of Stanford’s architecture.

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Continuous glass walls surrounding the hall blur the distinction between exterior and interior and open the façade to the exterior colonnades, a contemporary expression of a traditional Stanford typology.

It’s a spectacular venue, and we’re very richly rewarded here; it’s such a gift to the community, to the Stanford students, faculty and community. It’s fantastic; we couldn’t be happier.

Lesley Robertson, St. Lawrence String Quartet
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The oval-shaped, vineyard-style hall, whose terraced seating sections ring the stage, creates an intimate concert experience for both audience and performer. Large convex-shaped sails circling the hall provide optimal acoustic reflection or absorption and are also designed as screens for video projection.

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Stanford, CA
114,000 GSF
842-seat Concert Hall, Studio Theater, Garden, Green Room, Dressing Room, Rehearsal Space, Lobby, Office
LEED Silver Equivalent


Design Partner
Richard Olcott
Management Partner
Timothy Hartung
Project Designer
Stephen P-D Chu
Project Manager
Steven Peppas
Project Architect, Concept
Chris Andreacola
Project Architect, Design
Mahasti Fakourbayat
Project Architect for Construction
M. Gregory Clawson
Job Captain
Andrew Sniderman
Senior Detailer
Gary Anderson
Charmian Place
Design Team
Andrew Burdick, Jeffrey Geisinger, Aimee St. Germain, Kyo-Young Jin, Jörg Kiesow, Gihong Kim, Lindsay McCullough, Yong Roh, Na Sun, Marcela Villarroel-Trinidade, Todd Walbourn, Desiree Wong


  • 2013
    • Citation, AIA New York State
    • Design Award of Excellence, Society of American Registered Architects California Council
    • Merit Award, AIA/New York
    • Merit Award, Society for College and University Planning / AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Awards
    • Special Mention, Architizer A+ Awards


  • 2014
    • Finkel, Jori. "At Stanford University, an Arts District Grows" (New York Times, 11/16/2014)
  • 2013
    • Madsen, Deane. "Ennead Architects Celebrates Opening of Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall" (Architect Magazine, 1/27/2013)
    • Scheinin, Richard. "New Performance Halls Expected to Change Cultural Landscape" (San Jose Mercury News, 1/7/2013)
    • Swed, Mark. "Theater for the Unfocused Mind" (Los Angeles Times, 4/15/2013)
  • 2012
    • Kosman, Joshua. "Stanford's Bing Hall to Lift Curtain with Symphony" (San Fransisco Gate, 6/5/2012)
  • 2013
    • Levine, Mort. "New State-of-the-Art Concert Hall Lifts Region as Destination for World-Class Musical Talent" (San Jose Mercury News, 1/9/2013)
    • Saieh, Nico. "Bing Concert Hall/Ennead Architects" (ArchDaily, 2/22/2013)
  • 2012
    • Frojo, Renee. "Stanford Unveils $111 Million Concert Hall" (San Francisco Business Times, 12/6/2012)
    • Wander, Robin. "Stanford's Bing Concert Hall Opens to Rave Review" (Stanford News, 1/15/2013)
  • 2010
    • Pastier, John . "Polshek Concert Hall Makes Stanford Sing" (Architect's Newspaper, 6/16/2010)


Degenkolb Engineers
Taylor Engineering, LLC
Fisher Dachs Associates
Nagata Acoustics
Brandston Partnership, Inc.
Engineering Enterprises
Wilsey Ham Civil Engineers
Cornerstone Earth Group
Office of Cheryl Barton
Sound Isolation/Noise Control
Robert F. Mahoney & Associates
Sonitus Consulting
Propp + Guerin
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Atelier Ten
Heintges & Associates
Cost Estimating
Donnell Consultants Inc.
Guidepost Solutions
Lerch Bates
Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
Construction Manager
Turner Construction Company
Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects, 111th Aerial Photography
Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects