CLIENT

Harvard Business School

DESCRIPTION

Klarman Hall

SERVICES

Technology

LOCATION

Boston, Massachusetts

YEAR

2018

CONSTRUCTION COST

$100 Million

PROJECT PARTNERS

William Rawn Associates
Walsh Brothers

SIZE

76,000 square feet

Designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue at scale

Klarman Hall is an intimate forum designed to connect voices from all over the world to discuss critical issues. The room seats 1,046 and functions as a large-scale conference center and a performance hall, but the real magic is in how it creates connections between people.

Harvard’s case method approach requires a different design from traditional lecture-style classrooms. Students need to be able to see each other and be able to speak to the room from where they are seated. The sound systems allow for presentation while a separate voice lift system supports the students in the hall. The oversized multimedia screen supports concurrent media presentations empowering a variety of ideas to be expressed at once. We provided audio and video design for the space.

Early in 2021, we facilitated ideation meetings with the HBS team to create solutions for hybrid audiences of virtual and in-person participants.