Tanglewood Linde Center for Music and Learning
Architect: William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
Owner: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Location: Lenox, MA
The Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s longtime summer home in the Berkshires, was envisioned as a place where new ideas around music could commingle with cultural enrichment. Against the backdrop of a captivating landscape, the center is a cluster of four new buildings that help bridge Tanglewood’s acclaimed music festival and its summer music academy, which provides no-cost fellowships to some of America’s most talented professional musicians.
Tanglewood has represented human wellness through its quest to enrich the soul through music and develop meaningful connections with the landscape.
Connected by a serpentine pathway, the center’s four buildings house Tanglewood’s educational programs, recitals, and lectures, including the Tanglewood Learning Institute. The recently launched program provides classical music patrons extraordinary access to top-tier musicians as they work to hone their craft. Through all of its programs, the center aims to immerse audiences deeper into the process of creating music.
The center is positioned as a vital music incubator through its scale, flexibility, and distance-learning capabilities. Through it, the orchestra has experimented with new concepts and technologies, something that has proven to be particularly important as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced cultural institutions to move the majority of their offerings online.
Through all of its programs, the center aims to immerse audiences deeper into the process of creating music.
The center bears the complete Tanglewood experience hallmarks: extraordinary music and the informality of its natural surroundings. Visitors are welcome to attend rehearsals and forge greater connections with both music and the environment. To fit into the scale of Tanglewood, the team organized the buildings around a 100-foot-tall oak. Like all Tanglewood buildings, the new additions are marked with a grand sense of openness, and all open broadly onto the landscape. The team, based on its history of more than 30 years of work at Tanglewood, beginning with the adjacent Seiji Ozawa Hall, continued to build upon the palette of rustic and informal materials.
In a first, all four of the center’s buildings are air conditioned, providing Tanglewood with a facility fit for year-round operation. However, all of the studio and cafe spaces were designed to be ventilated naturally, with operable glass walls and actuator-operated windows that allow them to harness natural airflow.
Since its inception, Tanglewood has represented human wellness through its quest to enrich the soul through music and develop meaningful connections with the landscape. The Linde Center furthers those ideals and firmly establishes the future of Tanglewood and the orchestra.