With a direct view onto the Beartooth Mountains, the Olivier Barn is inspired by the intimate performance spaces where composers like Haydn and Bach would premier their compositions. The pitched roof creates an elevated, ethereal sound, and the barn’s humble nature creates an informal space that breaks the barrier between performers and audience members, enabling powerful, direct musical experiences. The Olivier Barn is also home to Tippet Rise’s visitor’s center and a state-of-the-art screening room equipped for 4K high-definition film projection and 3D immersive sound installations.
The Olivier Barn is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Acoustician and Tippet Rise Director Alban Bassuet led the architectural design and crafted the acoustics of the performance space in collaboration with architect Laura Viklund of Gunnstock Timber Framing and Arup engineering. Local timber craftsmen and architects Gunnstock Timber Frames designed and constructed the barn using a classic timber frame assembly with all wood connections for a true rustic impression. The siting of the Olivier Barn, it’s orientation to the mountains, and relationship to the surrounding natural and built environment were designed by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates (OvS), landscape architects, who participated to create an immersive experience in the art, music and natural beauty of Tippet Rise.