February 8, 2008
  Oman’s House of Musical Arts Is a Palace for Music
WATG’s concert hall sticks close to the tradition of royalty by Zach Mortice
The House of Musical Arts in Muscat, Oman, is a historically iconic 2,000-seat concert hall. WATG’s design is modeled after Omani palaces, and it shares their outward design features and circulation patterns.

UC San Diego’s New Music Center Design Combines Acoustic Performance with Striking Visuals
The new 47,000-square-foot, acoustically enhanced Conrad Prebys Music Center currently under construction at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), is the creation of Seattle-based LMN Architects. The building includes a recital hall designed in collaboration with accomplished acoustician Dr. Cyril Harris, who also designed the acoustics at Nordstrom Hall and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Pending successful fund raising, the concert hall facility is scheduled to open in spring 2009. The Music Center is named for developer Conrad Prebys, who contributed $6 million to the project. Composer and conductor Rand Steiger, chair of the university's department of music, spearheaded the concept of the hall.

Uncommon Boston Building Combines Housing and Basketball
LEED-certified Piano Row Plays Well

Centrally located in downtown Boston, Emerson College is a small liberal arts school with just under 3,000 undergraduate students. With its student population expanding, in 2004 Emerson commissioned KlingStubbins to create its first entirely new residence hall since the college’s founding in 1880. At 206,000 square feet, the LEED® certified Piano Row Residence Hall and Max Mutchnick Campus Center provides 562 student beds; an NCAA basketball court; student center with meeting rooms, café, and small student rehearsal spaces; as well as other athletic facilities offices for the dean of students.

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