Jian Zheng

Jian Zheng

New York, NY, US


Edgard Varese Music Center

The whole design process is about how to express an emotional feeling of continuous but not stable. This kind of feeling keeps appearing in Edgard Varese’s music pieces, due to the instruments, the objects he used to make sounds, also his understanding of music, “timbre and rhythm”. With such kind identity we focused on express this status using architecture language, form generator helps to translate the music language into architecture language.

The form generator in this project is the rube Goldberg machine, which is a quite powerful physical expression of the status continuous but not stable. The music piece we choose is Poeme Electronique, one of the most famous music of Varese. The Rube Goldberg Machine help to build the bridge between music and the building, as we first try to transfer the music pieces into the machine, and then interpreting the machine into architecture language.

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Status: School Project
Location: New York, NY, US
My Role: Design of the whole program, plans & sections, physical models,photography, videos
Additional Credits: Partner: Zhenggu Zhou
Professor: Dimitra Tsachrelia & Steven Holl