Architecture inspired by Music

How music inspires the design of an architect/Architecture. To designate the similarities of music and architecture.

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    Architecture inspired by Music

    By Rafael Aguilar
    Feb 24, '21 2:40 PM EST

    Music and Architecture are a combination that I in first years of architecture school have learned to enjoy. When I heard the words “Music and Architecture”, the first thoughts that come in mind are how there is correlation between the two. Surprisingly enough, there are many common relations to Architecture and Music. Common ground such as rhythm, texture, harmony, proportion, and dynamics. These characteristics are factors in architecture that give an architectural design meaning and/or hierarchy. A good example of a building with such factors is The Vessel, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. A structure located in New York City and one of the first places I visited in New York city. 

    On my trip, the first thing I noticed was the network of patterns. Patterns that give the building a certain appeal. It’s a basic structure that was created to add harmony and balance within a grid of vertical metal and glass. In music, patterns are a very common factor that makes a majority of the music. Harmony and balance are also thrown into the mix, literally. As a person who played Saxaphone and a bit guitar in jazz band. I have never made any such connections as how music and architecture have these common factors. 

    Even though there are many relations to music and architecture. There are other uses of music and architecture. Music can be used to as more of an encouragement and inspiration to a project. Before starting a project, I usually prefer to draw a sort of concept art before designing it virtually. Surprisingly enough, I utilize music in way that inspires my drive to design a project. As an aspiring architect, I believe that one of my best works a student is a song inspired design. I called it “The Velvet Underground”. The reason to the name was because while I was finishing my design, I had trouble with the name of the project and element. My project was basically inspired by the band both in a literal and allegorical way. To this day I still look back at that project as architecture inspired by music.  


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Music is always or never thought of as having a relation to architecture. Even if it is, I utilize music as more of an drive to an inspiration to a work of architecture.

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