Snøhetta to expand St. Louis’ Powell Hall with canted cell-shaped entrance

The project, which features a big archway in the white grainy brick facade, renovates the historical house of one of the most famous orchestras in the United States.

The Norwegian architecture studio Snøhetta has unveiled its design for expansion and modernization of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's historic performance space, Powell Hall. The 65,000-square-foot expansion will include a new lobby space, improved back-stage space and educational facilities, with the aim to be more accessible to the public and open to the community.

A glazed archway will serve as primary entrance and a grainy brick facade will wrap around the current 1920s brick-and-stone structure. Then, a spiral staircase will take the visitors into the different levels of the concert hall. The new structure will meet the old one thanks to a ribbon of vertical glasses.

A plaza will replace the existing parking lot, on the corner of Grand Boulevard and Samuel Shepard Drive.

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