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Man sitting at piano in double height recital room auditorium with theater seating. Wood panel designs on walls and wood acoustic panel
The Ohio State University Timashev Family Music Building

A University Arts Building to Master Music

Project Location

Columbus, OH


The Ohio State University


96,000 SF


200-seat recital hall, a sound stage, music education spaces

Following our two-year master planning and programming process to redevelop Ohio State University’s Arts District in partnership with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the initial phase of implementation positions performing and visual arts disciplines around the campus entryway, creating an arts ecosystem. Faculty, staff, and students studying in music spaces — previously stretched across multiple buildings — finally unite in the Timashev Family Music Building.

The project includes an addition to OSU’s Weigel Concert Hall with an updated lobby forming a connecting joint with the new Timashev Family Music Building. The building adds nearly 100,000 SF of new music program, including a 200-seat recital hall, a sound stage, and other spaces designed specifically for music education. Performance and production spaces are arranged to expose the interiors and music from the recital hall can be piped into the shared arts plaza, inviting participation with the artistic endeavors within and fostering passion for the fine arts. New shared social spaces provide opportunities for cross-pollination across the campus.

Within performance spaces, exterior windows are acoustically rated with blackout capabilities. The recital hall features warm wood materials that envelope the audience in diffused sound and clerestories that allow light to fall into the hall. The design follows the university’s green building and energy policy standards. We served as architect and engineer of record and led the design of performance venues and support spaces. We also provided theater planning, architecture, interiors, MEP and structural engineering, audiovisual, theatrical, lighting, information technology, and acoustical services.

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