The Krakow Academy of Music, one of Poland's premier higher education music institutions, has recently announced that world-renowned architect Frank Gehry's firm, Gehry Partners, has won a contest to design its new complex. The new set of buildings will include several educational facilities as well as a main concert hall, all of which will be built on a former military site in Krakow's Grzegorzki district.
Of course, perhaps the most important aspect of designing for the Krakow Academy of Music is the acoustics. The concert hall thus has a unique spatial layout that takes advantage of verticality to provide as uniform a soundscape as possible. The hall consists of a standard auditorium layout on the first two floors, but heptagonal galleries rise upward, encircling the orchestral pit.