Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Harvard Business School needed a modern venue to host conferences, film and multi-media presentations, ceremonies, and most importantly, to facilitate the clear, direct, and productive exchange of ideas. To meet their goal, we helped plan the new 54,000 square foot Klarman Hall and shape its sunlit 1,043-seat auditorium. By stacking the audience around the stage on three balconies and wrapping the orchestra-level seating around a modified thrust stage, we placed the presenters in the middle of the audience. Motorized barriers rise from the floor to section off the room, scaling the hall so it never feels empty. In the ceiling, a set of catwalks hide above adjustable acoustic canopies and dozens of unseen motorized winches which can fly in speakers, microphones, and other equipment through slats in the canopy. The hall’s five sound systems support broadcast, recording, live playback, as well as active acoustics, which allow even normal speaking voices to carry clearly across the entire room. All-LED stage and house lighting systems provide sustainable and highly flexible lighting. Behind the event platform is a stunning 20’ by 60’ video wall, which helps make the room an unforgettable setting for film, video, and multi-media.

Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Owner

Harvard Business School

Architect

William Rawn Associates

Acoustician

Threshold Acoustics

Users

Harvard Business School

Seat count

1043

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Educational, Conference center

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2018

Venue website

hbs.edu/about/campus-and-cultu...

Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography