Ground-breaking for the proposed 844-seat Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in California, US, has taken place on 4 May.
The $112m project will be located near the entrance of the campus and has been financed entirely by private donors.
New York-based architectural firm Polshek Partnership Architects designed the concert hall, which will feature contemporary interpretations of the Spanish and Romanesque architecture.
The 47-foot-high scheme will be equipped with world-class acoustics by acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, allowing sound to radiate naturally.
The new concert hall will feature a round vineyard-style theatre with terraced sections wrapping around the low elevated stage.
Colonnades, arches, porches, trellises and glass walls opening the view to the surrounding landscape will also be added to the design.
The project is expected to be complete in 2012, according to mercurynews.com.