GRIDinside was tasked by the inspirational music charity World Heartbeat to design the fit-out of their new centre at Nine Elms. The space had to accommodate group and individual tuition from voice to grand piano. The project budget was largely spent on ambient control and acoustics. The practice, rehearsal and instrument storage rooms are spread over two floors that wrap around a large rehearsal, and concert space.
Careful management of the sound enclosure of the main space was key – enabling the space to capably host numerous music types and timbres. This is helped in part by the carpet which absorbs noise reverberation. The interiors have a restrained palette of painted blockwork and timber panelling and suspended ceilings. Furniture and lighting fittings are flexible allowing for multiple configurations and the red carpet and soffit flatten the space and make it feel longer and wider.The design proposed rapid construction techniques of prefabrication using CLT panels.
One large window in the performance space acts as a shop window for the promotion of music for all.