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Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts


Project Name

Detroit Music Hall Center for the
Performing Arts

Location

Detroit, MI

Architect

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA)

Size

100,000 SF

Project Name

Detroit Music Hall Center for the
Performing Arts

Location

Detroit, MI

Architect

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA)

Size

100,000 SF

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Acentech is designing the acoustics for the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts expansion. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) is the architect for this exciting revitalization of Detroit’s leading not-for-profit cultural center, which is scheduled to open to the public in 2026.

The original 1928 Music Hall, host to national theatrical companies and dozens of touring performing artists and musicians every year, was rescued from the wrecking ball in the 1970s and restored to its full Art Deco glory in 1995. Its arts-driven legacy inspired Executive Director Vince Paul to expand the Hall’s offerings to include spaces for cutting-edge music performance, music production, and public spaces that will host a wide range of arts and cultural programs. 

The eight floor, 100,000 SF new building will include a 1,400-seat performance venue for a diverse mix of popular music, 200-seat flexible recital hall, recording and practice studios, leasable office space, welcome center, box office, music academy, two restaurants (including one that transform into a nightclub after dark), and a music instrument store. The new building will be built next to the original Music Hall, connected by enclosed aerial walkways, and will feature a floating canopy, covered outdoor terraces, and a rooftop restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating and views of the Detroit skyline.

Acentech’s acousticians welcome the challenge to design acoustics and noise control solutions for spaces with a such wide variety of uses. The building’s program is highly stacked, and the various program elements will operate simultaneously, vibrantly, and (often) around the clock. The sound of music and activity will imbue every area of the building, while at the same time allow for simultaneous use of adjacent spaces. The team’s central focus is to create spaces with beautiful acoustics, and to protect the project’s many noise-sensitive areas – from recording studios, performance and rehearsal rooms to executive offices – from intrusive sounds. When completed, the new addition will serve Detroit-area musicians, music lovers and the community for generations
to come.

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