This one is going to get a little long because it developed in 3 stages over the Semester. The first stage was to design 2 rooms “in a vacuum” that responded to the client’s brief. The second stage was to integrate the smaller space into the larger space without changing the feel of either space. The third stage was to develop these spaces into a Museum of Music, on a real site. This involved detailed site analysis and a strict brief. One of the main constraints was that the Museum was to be integrated into a site with a Heritage-listed facade that couldn’t be altered.
These projects were about design development… learning what to keep, learning what to let go of and about accepting that your first idea usually won’t be your best one but it’s an excellent starting block!
Stage 1 – Chamber of Echoes & Hall of Harmony:
The design for both of these spaces is based on the concept of rhythm and scale in music, architecture and nature. The sinuous curves and majestic appeal of the buttress root system informed the design of the C.O.E.; the snaking, sweeping forms were used to create layered spaces and a suggested path of circulation through the space, whilst
forming smaller outer areas for exploration and interest. The curves are created through a rhythmic series of vertical columns, of differing lengths and widths. The sunlight moves through the gaps between the columns, casting lineal strips of light upon the floor, the mood of the space changing with the path of the sun. The same concept was employed for the H.O.H. but in this instance, the effect of changing the scale of the forms was investigated. By bringing the curling, curving forms back to human scale, they almost seem to envelope and nurture. The H.O.H. is a series of organic spaces that are subsequently wrapped in an undulating slatted timber screen. The gaps between the spaces are naturally lit, resulting a rhythmic series of shadows and light areas, highlighting the mystery that lies around each corner. The timber screen wraps into each individual space, where the timber gives way to panels of textured felt and sinuous seating that wraps the edges of the space. A layered coffered ceiling that emulates the shape of the walls provides gentle illumination into the individual spaces. This space still needs more development, looking deeper into the ceiling planes (perhaps wrapping the walls up and over) and altering the floor levels of each of the 6 spaces.
Stage 2: Spaces Within Spaces – Integrating the HOH into the COE:
Stage 3: Site Integration – The Museum of Music: