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 SchoolArchitect
William Rawn AssociatesAcoustician
Harvard Business School
New constructionTheatre type
Educational, Conference center
Programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specificationCompletion