Bitó Conservatory of Music
16,000 sf New Construction
Design Architect: Deborah Berke Partners
Photo: Chris Cooper
This building supports Bard's highly regarded Musical Conservatory Education Program with a state-of-the-art performance hall seating an audience of 150. Wall grazing light enhances the warm wood panels which encase an acoustic fabric material while creating a bold and visually arresting backdrop for the performers.
To achieve optimal acoustic quality within the rehearsal classrooms, the lighting strategy needed to be executed early in the design process. This undertaking allowed the architectural team to develop a customized floating ceiling system with a requirement to achieve minimum contact between the building elements. This same strategy was then applied to the various sized studios and classrooms throughout the space to accommodate the individual musicians or small ensembles.
At night spotlights, invisible to the building exterior, illuminates the glass colonnade connecting the existing and new conservatory, creating an impressive visual link with minimum light spillage in the rural campus environment.