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OPEN’s Chapel of Sound, a unique semi-outdoor concert hall in northern China, has been awarded a Citation in the 66th annual Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards. One of the foremost accolades for creative practice in North America, the P/A Awards recognize and celebrate innovative ongoing work, contractually scheduled to be built, whose design excellence promotes new thinking in the field of architecture.

Located at the base of a remote valley north of Beijing, the Chapel of Sound is designed in harmony with its natural surroundings, and shaped by the natural properties of sound. The project, currently under construction, was one of ten honored in this year’s Awards, where it was commended for offering a new paradigm for an opera house and “an opportunity for a sound experience that anyone can take part in.”

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