The acoustics in the Helsinki Music Centre were designed by Nagata Acoustics, led by Yasuhisa Toyota. Sub-consulting was provided by Akukon Consulting Engineers Ltd.
Yasuhisa Toyota is one of the most esteemed acoustics designers in the world, leading the design of the following concert halls: Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), and Koncerthuset (Copenhagen).
Toyota is an expert in the vineyard- or surround-style of concert hall design and wants to create halls with an intimate atmosphere, where the audience members can interact with the orchestra and one another.
Another benefit of any vineyard hall–with the orchestra sitting in the midst of the audience–is that even the farthest listener is actually not very far from the orchestra.