Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center

An Immersive, Experimental, Educational, and Performance Arts Venue at Benaroya Hall

The Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center project entails a complete renovation of the Seattle Symphony’s current Soundbridge space at Benaroya Hall, located at the corner of Second Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle. It is a highly flexible education and performance venue of approximately 2,200 square feet, incorporating advanced audio, visual, and other technology systems to create a unique and immersive music education and performance experience.

  • Address: 200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
  • Status: Completed
  • Client: Benaroya / Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Architect: LMN Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Mangusson Klemencic Associates (MKA)
  • Size: 2,200 SF

This one-of-a-kind venue features 13 connecting 8×7 carbon fiber screen panels around 120 linear feet of circular hanging track, panelized acoustic casework, hand-cut tile, 14-foot isolated door panels, and a unique Axiom ceiling. This custom ceiling fixture is comprised of 62 ceiling speakers, 10 subwoofers, ceiling microphones, two large format screens, 13 screens, 10 projectors, 61 theatrical lights, and five motion cameras. The scope of the renovation also includes back-of-house support spaces such as restrooms, a dressing room, sound and light lock adjacent to the main room, a remote storage room located on a bi-level, and a remote AV control room located on the parking level below.

Octave’s architectural ceiling captures the visitor’s attention and serves as an acoustic absorption layer while also concealing technology systems.

Project Team