Pierre Boulez Saal is an architecturally distinct and conceptually visionary concert hall investing intellectually, pedagogically and artistically in music creation and its public impact. The Saal represents the public face of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, founded by Daniel Baremboim in 2012. Designed by the renowned American architect Frank Gehry, space and music within the concert hall engage in a unique artistic vision. The Saal is the second masterpiece in Berlin that Gehry constructed inside an already existing building. The unique circular set-up required distinct expertise on the room’s acoustics, provided by the leading expert Yasuhisa Toyota.
PLANE—SITE is pleased to release a set of 10 short films, produced on behalf of the Pierre Boulez Saal, charting the storied history and bright future of this remarkable new music venue in Berlin.
“This hall will have its own personality. This hall will be a home for contemporary music. It will be a home for chamber music of all the centuries. It will be, I hope, I hope, the home in Europe for Arab music. (…) And we will have also Jazz evenings, it will have a very, very wide program.”
Daniel Barenboim, founder of the Pierre Boulez Saal
“I think we will be inspired a lot by the space, which is special. It’s different from any other space here. This will inspire us to also do programming and to do things that are different to what you will hear in other concert halls in Berlin. Simply because it makes sense in this space.”
Ole Bækhøj, director of the Pierre Boulez Saal
Pierre Boulez Saal — Building the Hall
Renowned American architect Frank Gehry shares the story of how his friendships with both Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim led him to donate his design for the new landmark concert hall.
Pierre Boulez Saal — Le Salle Modulable
The concert hall's flexible and reconfigurable nature is an integral part of architect Frank Gehry's design, developed in partnership with founder Daniel Barenboim and inspired in large part by the avant-garde stagings of the space's namesake, Pierre Boulez.
Pierre Boulez Saal - The Concert Experience
Acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, founder Daniel Barenboim, architect Frank Gehry and director Ole Bækhøj come together to describe the special touches that make seeing and hearing a concert in the Pierre Boulez Saal a unique—and unforgettable—experience.
Pierre Boulez Saal - Open to the FutureDaniel Barenboim, Frank Gehry, Yasuhisa Toyota and Ole Bækhøj look back on the process of building the concert hall, and look forward to its future as an integral and unparalleled part of the arts landscape in Berlin.