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    VIII. Of Sound - Fundamentals of Architecture for beginners (Juhani Pallasmaa and Steven Holl on Enmeshed Experience)

    Farzam Kharvari
    Sep 15, '17 6:42 PM EST

    VIII.              Of Sound

    An example of a piece of music and an architecture demonstrates that music has its materiality in instruments and sound while architecture has its materiality in light and  space.

    For instance in previous example the water is the overlapping refraction of space and the buildings are the representative of site.

                              Material * Sound = Material * Light

    Description: Material * Light

    Sometimes dimensions of space is measured by sounds like echo and re-echo and psychic spaces can be created by something like church’s bells which create an space, but these spaces can NOT be created by electronics speakers.

    Church Bells Ringing

    Sounds are perceived by entire body. The change of phenomena in music also has been created after 20th century which has resulted in anger of traditional composers.

    Architecture and music are two more similar arts rather than the other arts such as painting since these 2 are "closed" which means "surrounded" us.


    Description: Hypo-Bank

    A case study in Munich [Hypo-Bank in Diss Files] was the 3 group of people within one area including residents, offices and the city-life. As Steven Holl noted they played a song by Stock Havsen  [Grubben], the song is formed by 7 measures, first ones are as mountain range and the rest (4 left) as voids.

    The block itself is formed by 3 parts including:

    A. Glass mountain

    B. Apartments

    C. Shaped voids [open and green spaces]


    The city form was masonry, offices and etc., two major case in this example are lights and perspectives. The sun light plays an orchestra within the voids.

     The Orchestra

    References: Questions of Perception

    Link to Steven Holl's project:

    The photos belong to Shutterstock,,

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    Church Bells Ringing
    The Orchestra

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