Architectonics of Music, Music as a Field of Time

Advanced Architecture Studio 6

Spring 2013

Steven Holl + Dimitra Tsachrelia, critics, with composer Raphael Mostel

“The plastic arts are presented to us in space; we receive an overall impression before we discover details little by little and at our leisure. Music presupposes before all else a certain organization in Time.” – Igor Stravinsky, Poetics of Music

This studio experimented with ideas of how Time can be a “conceptual cement” connecting Music and Architecture. Aspects that were considered: Time/ Movement sequence, Light/Shadow, Solid/Void, Material resonance/resistance, Human scale and Instrument/Technique. The studio began with experimental models working with materials, light and time. The students were challenged to make a 16″x16″x16” physical model according to a piece of music by composers such as Edgard Varèse, Iannis Xenakis or John Cage.

The second part of the studio focused on designing a Center for Contemporary Music Research in Athens, Greece, for the foundation established in 1979 by composer Iannis Xanakis. The students chose among three sites, located at the outskirts of the historical center of Athens, at the districts of Metaxourgio, Omonia and Syntagma. This new facility envisioned re-energizing the role of the foundation within the city’s cultural life and supporting multi-disciplinary research on the cultural, social and scientific aspects of musical expression.

Yiqing Zhao + Yun Shi A/B/C
Margarita Calero + Alfonso Simelio D/E