Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cesar Pelli & Associates, Design Architect; New Haven, CT
885-seat jewel box concert hall set at the base of the world’s tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers. As the first concert hall ever built in Malaysia, the space is designed to serve every kind of music from orchestra with chorus, to Malaysian dance, to solo violin. The room is fully equipped for professional recording and fully isolated from the surrounding office towers, science center, and shopping mall. Its unique feature is a concealed movable ceiling that can change the acoustic volume of the room from as little as 470,000 cf for meetings and chamber music concerts to as much as 670,000 cf for large orchestra concerts and organ recitals.