Kraftwerk meet Frank Gehry, Daft Punk perform in space age interiors while Le Corbusier and Xenakis composed a pavilion inspired by the very first electronic music track. We selected 10 projects merging sound and space.
At first glance, they recall cavernous tunnels, monolithic temples, cathedral-like halls, or empty distilleries. They are the unseen interiors of musical instruments, captured by Charles Brooks for his ongoing project Architecture in Music.
Scenographer Francesca Montinaro designs the set of Eurovision 2022. Inspired by the Italian sun, the stage features a kinetic sun, pyrotechnics light shows, waterfalls and a lush garden plateau inspired by Italian gardens.
Inspired by sound waves, Sou Fujimoto’s ‘House of Hungarian Music’ is topped by a white roof, punctuated with almost 100 holes for trees to grow through.
Lee Broom unveils his MAESTRO collection with a film and a classic concert, staged in a highly stylised set which recalls a Kubrick-like symphony hall.
Famed temple of techno music Berghain has reinvented itself as an art gallery featuring sound installations and art projects by Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans and more.
The high-tech visionary ‘Micrashell Suits’ offer a solution for the music and nightlife industries and the future of human interaction. Unique features include in-suit beverage and vape supply system, mounted-in speakers, smartphone integration, computer vision safety camera, privacy-driven voice communicator, and a breathable helmet with unobscured views.
Brick facades and Mashrabiya envelope the natural light filled interiors of the new Élancourt Music School by OPUS 5 Architectes in France.
What if you could make music by tapping on street art or on a colorful playground? Specdrums high-tech rings connect coding and technology with the ability of kids of all ages to see the world as a canvas wherein to move and touch to create rhythm and sound.
Victoria Yakusha pays tribute to ancient Ukrainian folklore with the FAINA furniture collection which features a decor piece inspired by the world’s longest musical instrument.
567 printers create kaleidoscopic backgrounds in OK GO’s OBSESSION music video which was shot in one take and performed to the camera with 1 millimeter accuracy.
A dancing quartet in air-filtering costumes and a choreography exploring the body’s relationship to buildings and spaces in a Mies van der Rohe’s masterpiece. At Chicago 2017 architecture-driven performing arts projects bring to life iconic masterpieces with music, theatre and dance.
Ron Arad’s Design Museum Holon building by is transformed into a musical instrument for an art and design exhibition examining the history and innovations merging sound and design.
Sculptural metal skin-cladded volumes and linked by a walk-through wooden porch compose the Modern Music Centre by Hérault Arnod architectes in Normandy.
Icelandic musician Björk unveils the Rottlace mask, a 3D printed design by Neri Oxman that was shaped from the artist’s musculoskeletal system.
Corrugated steel framing and climbing vegetation compose the soundproof and discreet building by Íris Cantante hosting the creative headquarters of Babasonicos rock band working studio in BuenosAires.
Smooth volumes, sharp lines and an impressive wooden theater reminding the gentle erosion of the time: MAD Architects designed the recently completed Harbin Opera House as Northern Chinese winters would have shaped natural landscapes.
Paolo Cappello presents Caruso, a music cabinet with a gramophone trumpet tuned with high-tech digital sound technologies and contemporary design.
With Tsumiki, Kengo Kuma and Ryuichi Sakamoto launch an interactive Japanese Lego game that allows kids to express their architectural skills.
With Disco Disco, Haberdashery developed a 21st century disco ball that can interact with music thanks to circular grids of pixelated LED lights.
With the Fuzzy Logic project, Marta Santambrogio aims to transform traffic noise into musical jam sessions starting from harmonical tuk-tuks, Indian street cahos and traditional musical instruments.
French filmaker Michel Gondry shoot Chemical Brothers’ new music video in Paris brutalist architecture, just a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel tower… and a Statue of Liberty.
Twerking meet design. From TW3RKBOT 1.0 of Basement Jaxx’s video to the “Real Booty Music” project. Artists, designers and engineers playfully go beyond Miley Cyrus hype.
Pop band OK GO made a viral and colourful commercial for a Chinese furniture store turning interiors into psychedelic graphics and optical illusions.
Bompas and Parr and Johnnie Walker® Blue Label™ Blended Scotch Whisky unveiled a multi-sensory project transforming a church organ into a musical flavour conductor for a theatrical whisky-tasting concert.
“Not a single pine will be torn down”. NietoSobejano Arquitectos designed a new home for the Arvo Pärt Centre near Talinn. Inspired by the Estonian composer’s symphonies, the new cultural hub will dialogues respectfully with the surrounding landscape.
With Creation of a strange Symphony, young designer Philipp Weber presented a synestetic design project that mixes design and music with a performance of a glassblower using a new and unusual tool.
Studio Weave has transformed an awkward exterior space landlocked by buildings into the LULLABY FACTORY, a secret world in the heart of London that cannot be seen except from inside the hospital and cannot be heard by the naked ear (only by tuning in to its radio frequency or from a few special listening pipes).