We have teamed up with Kings Place, London to provide a selected number of live recordings from their bespoke, acoustically brilliant concert hall.
These recordings will be available as high-resolution downloads from Society of Sound. Together with Kings Place we will select a handful of recordings from their eclectic programme each year starting with Scottish singer songwriter and Idlewild front man Roddy Woomble.
Kings Place is the first modern purpose built recital hall to be built in London. With limited precedent in the UK. Arup travelled with the client, Parabola Land Limited, and architect, Dixon Jones, to Japan, where a number of small halls have been built in the last 20 years. This helped to consolidate what the team wanted from the new venue – a space with excellent acoustics for a wide range or performance genres.
Arup Acoustics built computer models from the early concepts by the architect for the project, enabling the acoustic design to evolve along with the architecture. Although Hall One in Kings Place was to be a thoroughly modern room, Arup was keen to capture the important characteristics from classic historic halls noted for their acoustic.
This resulted in a shoebox design of hall, optimum for this scale of auditorium, with predominantly timber finishes (they used 500-year old Black Forest oak) surrounding the audience and a classic coffered ceiling. The seats in the hall were sourced from Italy and were fully tested in an acoustics laboratory. The design was developed as a result of the tests to make sure the seats absorbed the right amount of sound.