Technology systems are integrated into the original structure, and the custom-designed acoustically absorptive ceiling holistically reflects the character of the room derived from the systems and the architecture.
Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center
Design-Build Contractor: JTM Construction
Acoustics and A/V: Jaffe Holden
Theater Planning: Schuler Shook
Immersive Technology: Belle & Wissell, Co.
Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Mechanical Engineering: Holaday-Parks, Inc.
Electrical Engineering: Sequoyah Electric
Lighting Design: Schuler Shook
Graphics/Signage: Studio Matthews
Renovated area: 2,500 square feet
Architecture, Interior Design, Renovation + Adaptive Reuse
Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center creates an immersive, experimental, educational and performance arts venue at Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony. Incorporating sophisticated digital acoustics and projection technology, the interior renovation creates a highly flexible environment of “electronic architecture,” unbound by the dimensions of the room and allowing it to feel acoustically as reverberant as a concert hall, or as compact as the actual room.
From inception, Octave 9 was guided by a desire to design for equitable communities. The project provides access to experimentation and creates an incubator for historically omitted demographics in the traditional symphony format. The space expands on the Seattle Symphony’s well-established educational focus while providing a venue to host performances, meetings, and community events. The project serves as an experimental space for artists and composers while providing a transformable space, with numerous options for interactive projections, including a nearly-360-degree immersive experience.
All surfaces and materials needed to be absorptive to limit the presence of acoustic reflections. Speakers, microphones, projectors, lighting, and HVAC are all integrated into a custom-designed acoustically absorptive ceiling. Composed of 687 sound-absorbing cells, the ceiling designed and fabricated by LMN Architects optimizes the room’s acoustic goals while also integrating technical, electrical, and mechanical systems, including 10 projectors, 72 speakers, 28 microphones, and 68 color-changing LED lights. The result is an intimate venue that is highly flexible and capable of morphing to the needs of the performance or activity.
Photography: Benjamin Benschneider
A near 360° projection surface can be created through deploying up to 13 curved panels that are paired with 10 ultra-short throw projectors.
“The ideas and resulting architecture produced are innovative and resourceful.”
– Laura Reynolds, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement, Seattle Symphony
2021 Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award
2020 IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter INawards, INpublic Award
2019 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Award, Honorable Mention