Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood--page 1 (of two pages)

William Rawn

View from the sloping lawn where additional listeners sit once the large doors at the end are opened

This music hall, named for the famous Japanese conductor and music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is part of the newly named Leonard Bernstein Campus of the Tanglewood Music Center. This smallish hall, designed primarily for chamber music concerts, seats 1200 but with the back wall opened up, an additional 2000 listeners can enjoy the concerts. The architect, William Rawn of Boston, said he wanted the feel of a Quaker meetinghouse or a New England town hall. And sitting in the hall does have a sense of warmth and intimacy, partly created for me by the omnipresence of wood details in the interior. (See page 2.)

Barn-like appearance

Two stories of loggias attached to each side provide easy access to the interior and clean traffic flow. Decorative lattice work on the porches echoes the extensive wooden trim on the inside.

The end facing the hillside with the large doors which can be opened to the outside


Views of the two levels of porches


Inside the porch on the first floor


Continue to page 2.

See also Rawn's '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williams College.

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