a unique work of art, the House of Hungarian Music, inspired by the violin, is
a metaphoric integration of music and art; an architecture that is interactive
in principle and resplendent with nature…
The idea is to
create an elevation of a musical space inspired by the geometry of violins.
Just like swift curves and stretched strings of violin unify to create pristine
music, the curving walls and multi levels are meant to meld spaces for peaceful
practice of music.
The building is to be divided into four decreasing conical-shaped cylinders that would form top light atrium spaces. The circles, on an orthogonal and radial grid, are to be square or rectangular forms; “shoe box”, can be formed to satisfy different acoustic demands and the interior levels would be connected by central stairs in a rising curve. With each of the floors to be dedicated to a specific function – artifact handling in the north circle, management offices in the east circle, technical plant services in the south circle and the west circle catering to exhibition activities with class rooms, display and work areas for instrument making, the architectural beauty of the interiors is to be enhanced by the big central atrium with wrap-around balconies.
palette proposed constitutes walls to be finished in red woods spruces (an
interpretation of the violin) with ebony floor without any openings on the walls;
the only natural light would come from the top of atrium roof, where decorative
glass cupolas (inspired by the lute) would bathe the different terrace floors
in soft light. The outside wall would be finished in strips of wood; and the inside
wall in micro-perforated panels of maple and spruce.
services viz., fine dine, book shop, musical store, workshop sales, even a
rooftop wine bar would be a part of the public spaces, the controls into the
exhibition space are planned onto each side of the vertical circulation tower
with passenger and goods lifts and service stairs, etc. With the building planned
literally to be under the earth and trees, energy efficiency costs are also
The proposal is very
compact, with a low surface-to-volume ratio and thus, is bound to minimize the
heat losses and gains of the building. The design concentrates on exploiting
the process of evapo-transpiration carried out by plants to make it naturally
insulated and reduce the thermal radiation.
With the perfect
demonstration of architectonic elements through its blue-print, House of
Hungarian Music should be an architect’s dream and a musician’s hymn. However,
we regret to state that this beautiful project – a competition entry by Ar. Ricardo
Bofill has remained a concept.