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The internal design of the Schwarzman Centre can be seen in this virtual model which dissects the building. The building will be arranged around a central atrium called the ‘Great Hall’. 

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It will include: 

  • Four storeys above ground, with the building arranged around the Great Hall.
  • Two storeys below ground, with a double-height foyer around which our performance venues are arranged: the 500-seat concert hall, the Humanities theatre (and lecture theatre), the Black Box experimental performance space (and space for ‘research through performance’), and the rehearsal hall. 
  • The ground floor will have a café, an exhibition hall and the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments – all open to the public. This floor will become a lively public space for the city of Oxford.
  • Upper floors will accommodate the main part of the library, faculty centres and institutes, and shared graduate study, teaching, meeting, and research space. This area is for staff and students.



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 Look from another angle and you can see more detail of the performance spaces:

  • On the left is a double height Humanities theatre with up to 250 seats.
  • On the right is the 500-seat concert hall with a stage for orchestras of up to 60 musicians, a band pit for musical

​​theatre and semi-staged opera, and variable acoustics to support unamplified classical music and a wide range of amplified music. It can also host events like public lectures.





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