We designed the Laszlo Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory for the Bard College Conservatory of Music. The new-construction 16,000 square foot building supports the Conservatory’s mission to provide top-level musical training in the context of a liberal arts education. Our building reflects the alternating purposes of teaching and performance because its spaces – teaching studios, classrooms, rehearsal spaces and a state-of-the-art performance hall– are exceptionally versatile. The performance hall can seat 150 guests as comfortably as a small, intimate audience. Similarly, we designed acoustically isolated rehearsal studios that can accommodate individual musicians, a professor and student, or small ensembles. We paired the building’s bold yet restrained massing with a palette of crisp white stucco and rich mahogany. As a result, despite its modest size, the Bard Conservatory of Music holds a strong presence on the Bard Campus.
16,000 square feet
Kohler Ronan – MEP engineer
Morris Associates – civil engineer
Ross Dalland P.E. – structural engineer
Harvey Marshall Berling Associates – theater consultant
Akustics – acoustical engineer
PHT Lighting – lighting designer