Architects and Music

More since the last post.

Rafael Vinoly, who is now designing an opera for Chicago, and in the past designed the Kimmel Center where the Philadelphia orchestra plays, and he designed Jazz at Lincoln Center at Columbus Circle in New York, trained for a career as a pianist. His father ran the Teatro Colón in Argentina. I’m supposed to interview Vinoly soon, and I’ll ask him the role music plays a role in his design of spaces. As one who works a lot with words I’m interested in the essentially wordless artforms of architecture and music. Of course words have space and music to them too.

Daniel Libeskind, whom I mentioned also designed opera, also trained and performed as a professional pianist. He told me, as we walked through his Jewish Museum in Berlin together, that music is part of that architecture, and that he was conscious of designing spaces that would have a certain acoustic, a certain “sound” to them, even when “empty” or “void.” And then of course, they resonate when sound is created within.

I wonder about other close relationships between architects and music?


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