Atlanta Symphony Center

The new Atlanta Symphony Center will provide the first dedicated concert hall and educational facility in the 60-year history of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that enjoys international prominence under Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.

The building, a key element in the evolving campus expansion of the Woodruff Arts Center, will create a vital civic and economic resource for Atlanta and an exciting, modern symbol of the State of Georgia. Light and transparent, terraced in layout, Calatrava’s design enfolds generous expanses of glass and steel within gently curving shells of gleaming white concrete. Public areas in and around the building, notably a pair of light-filled lobbies, open onto landscaped plazas. The lower plaza provides an entrance for visitors who arrive by car. The upper, which serves as a public gathering place and lookout, connects the building to a ceremonial allée of trees via an elevated walkway.

Rising from behind the structure, and then swooping down, are two "bent leaves" of delicate, lattice-like steel. The smaller of these marks a side entrance on a terrace. The larger, which tops the structure at 186 feet, gives dramatic definition to the building’s central axis. Adding dynamism to the design, the movable steel "wings" of a sunscreen will open and close over the soaring, glazed volume of the upper lobby.

The concert hall features a surround hall with vineyard-style seating. The audience configuration provides for an intimate-feeling 2,000 seats around the Orchestra (including 200 seats for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus). At the same time, the ceiling height can be varied for acoustical purposes, from 48 feet to 104 feet above the stage. Two other performance spaces, a Rehearsal Hall and a Studio Hall, provide seating for 300-350 and 300 persons, respectively. A Learning Center, designed to engage people of all ages with the Orchestra, occupies 11,000 square feet of space. Calatrava is the 2005 winner of the AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor given by the American Institute of Architects.


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  • Nadezhda Nikolova
    Nadezhda Nikolova updated and updated a digital reference
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  • tallulah
    tallulah commented
    Calatrava was let go. This project should be removed from database.
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  • bmr428
    bmr428 commented
    Amazing! Very exciting! Would love to see something like this under construction. I too am in the industry. -A Fan
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  • Denis Drachev
    Denis Drachev commented
    You can read about status in profile of this building. "Status:Concept"
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  • magnus2006
    magnus2006 commented
    This project doesn't exist, it's theory.
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  • hardie
    hardie commented
    Hate it !!!!!!!!
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