Kimmel center for the performing arts, verizon hall
philadelphia, pennsylvania

Project Team

Voith & Mactavish Architects
Rafael Viñoly Architects (original project)

Theatre Consultant
Theatre Project Consultants

Acoustics Consultant
ARTEC Consultants (original project)

Jeffrey Totaro

In a living building with a celebrated orchestra, science and perception interweave on many levels. There is no substitute for listening – to the music or the musicians – when correlating phenomena, causes, history, and expectations.

Taking the time to do this, using all available analysis tools, and moving by increments demonstrates commitment, builds confidence, and, ultimately, proves itself in masonry and fine veneer: New stage walls, improvements to the canopy, and a massive ceiling for the organ chamber yield presence, richness, and life never before heard in the room.