Will Frank Gehry’s Wimbledon concert hall outshine £300m City rival?

Weeks after the Centre for Music was announced at the Barbican, another world-class venue is being discussed in London

You wait decades for a city to get a world-class concert hall and two come along at once. Last month plans were revealed for the Centre for Music in the City of London by the New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. But there is now another project to build a 1,250-seat venue in the suburb better known for its tennis – Wimbledon – to be designed by the celebrated Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry.

The plan is driven by Anthony Wilkinson, founder and director of the Wimbledon international music festival, an annual event of nearly 200 concerts held mostly in local churches. He felt that the area could do better, while also addressing the capital’s notorious shortage of acoustically outstanding large concert halls.

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