1. It has a wraparound lobby that doubles as an atrium, filled with light.

2. The concert hall is circled by 10 white "sails" of fiber-reinforced concrete, which stretch to a height of about 40 feet and can function as video screens. An acoustical cloud hovers 47 feet over the stage.

3. With nary a straight line in it, the hall feels like it's in motion. The detailing in the seats, as well as the curling wooden walls and ceiling, all echo the shape of a sine wave.

4. The 3,200-square-foot stage is made of unvarnished Alaskan cedar. It's easily scratched and about as soft as balsa wood -- but has special acoustical qualities. It's been said to vibrate like the back of a violin.

The main entrance to the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Staff)
The main entrance to the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (Nhat V. Meyer/Staff) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

5. The hall's natural acoustics and audio systems -- designed with input from Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) -- are expected to make it unusually flexible, say its designers. It will be used for acoustic, electronic and multimedia performances and for solo recitals, as well as choral and orchestral events.



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