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.
Building the Hall
In this first instillation, renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry
(Walt Disney Concert Hall, Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao)
tells the story of his experiences with Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim
and how these friendships led him to donate his design for the new landmark concert hall.
Frank Gehry's Design
In this second short, renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry
describes the process by which the innovative design of the concert hall was conceived
to support the diverse and exciting repertoire of the space.
A Tribute to Pierre Boulez
In this video—the third in the series—Daniel Barenboim, the founder of the Pierre Boulez Saal
and the Barenboim Said Akademie, relays the story of how the life and career
of his close friend and distinguished composer Pierre Boulez
came to inspire the artistic vision for his new institution.
The Artistic Vision of the Hall
In our fourth video of the series, founder of Pierre Boulez Saal,
Daniel Barenboim and director Ole Bækhøj narrate the unique artistic vision
for the diverse program of the Saal, and how it relates to and builds on Frank Gehry’s design for the space.
The Opening Season
In our fifth video of the series, we have the opportunity to hear about the breadth
and richness of programming (from Arab music to Jazz) planned for the inaugural
concert season of 2017 from Pierre Boulez Saal director Ole Bækhøj.
The Schubert Project
This sixth video in our series, we hear from founder Daniel Barenboim and director Ole Bækhøj,
who give us a preview of the retrospective, planned for the coming years in the Saal,
of the work of landmark composer Franz Schubert.
Our seventh work in the series focuses on the newly formed Boulez Ensemble,
a flexible group of world-class musicians that will have their home in the new Saal.
In the words of their leader, Daniel Barenboim, the Ensemble will be dedicated
to presenting a “wide spectrum” of music from across the classical,
20th century, and contemporary periods.
La Salle Modulable
The eighth short in our series demonstrates the concert hall's flexible
and reconfigurable nature - 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.
The Concert Experience
In this, the ninth piece, acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, founder Daniel Barenboim,
architect Frank Gehry and director Ole Bækhøj come together to explain the special touches
that make seeing and hearing a concert in the Pierre Boulez Saal a unique - and unforgettable - experience.
Open to the Future
In this, the tenth and final short film, Daniel 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.