Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Theatre Projects worked tirelessly to coordinate the AV, electrical, acoustic, IT, and
architectural elements of this stunning convening hall. The venue features an array of
elegantly integrated performance systems including 32 multi-axis acoustic reflectors,
14 lighting battens, and 7 motorized speaker arrays. We helped design the room with
three stacked side galleries to pull the audience and presenters together. Retractable
screens rise from the floor to adjust the visual scale for smaller gatherings. A 20-ft by
60-ft video wall makes an unforgettable backdrop for film or presentations, and the hall
features four audio systems for presenter amplification, media, acoustic enhancement,
and a state-of-the-art “voice-lift” system for effortless conversations across the room.
A soaring curved ceiling conceals a technical attic with 140 rigging motors, 31 cable
reels, 35 chain-motor suspension points, equipment racks, and a complex of carefully
coordinated infrastructure. Although the LEED-Gold facility sits largely below grade,
abundant daylight creates a warm, inviting aesthetic. The 140,000 square foot building
also includes a spacious atrium lobby, backstage support spaces, control rooms, and
a production studios for webinars, podcasts, and videos for HBS’s outreach programs.

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 | Miller Dyer Spears (Production studios)

Acoustician

Threshold Acoustics; Idibri (Audiovisual)

Users

Harvard Business School, TED Talks, Cultural events and performances, International VIP Presentations

Seat count

1066

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Educational, Conference center

Services

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

Completion

2018

Venue website

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

Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography