Bard College

László Z. Bitó Music Conservatory Building

Project at a Glance

Annandale-On-Hudson, NY


Deborah Berke & Partners Architects, LLP

Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • Detailed and constructed acoustic treatments throughout performance and teaching spaces
  • Fabricated and installed custom millwork panels providing both architectural appeal and acoustic tuning in the performance space
  • Coordinated logistics of construction surrounding and connected to an existing occupied building on an active campus

Bard College received a generous gift from its alumnus, physiologist and writer László Z. Bitó, to construct a state-of-the-art music teaching and performance facility. The new 17,000 sq. ft. László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building houses 15 learning studios, a teaching classroom and an intimate performance space that is equipped with the latest audio and video recording and live-streaming technology.

The 2,400 sq. ft. performance space is the centerpiece of the facility. Its seating for up to 145 people can be reconfigured to accommodate a variety of events. Our in-house Millwork Shop installed custom-fabricated millwork paneling, which is now the venue’s architectural hallmark, both visually and acoustically.

The building’s modern, curving façade and upswept roof line, accented with both glass and natural wood detailing, evokes the artistic creativity of Bard’s liberal and performing arts education programs.