Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

This stunning hall features an immense array of performance systems elegantly integrated throughout the facility including 32 multi-axis acoustic reflectors, 14 lighting battens, and 7 motorized speaker arrays. Three stacked side galleries pull the audience and presenters close together, forging community and intimacy and retractable screens rise from the floor to adjust the visual scale for smaller gatherings. Behind the stage, 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 main auditorium sits below grade, abundant daylight creates a warm aesthetic and contributes to the venue’s LEED Gold status. The 140,000 square foot building also includes a spacious atrium lobby, backstage support spaces, control rooms, and a suite of 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