Jeffrey Luong

Jeffrey Luong

Brooklyn, NY, US


Staccato Tower

“Architecture is ‘frozen music’….Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music.”
        - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The site of this project is situated across Lincoln Center, in New York City on Broadway between 64th street and 65th street. Due to the performance and musical nature of the context, the opportunity to utilize music as a translation into architecture seemed fitting.

There is a rigidity and structure to music that can be reflected upon the discourse of architecture. The ideas of intervals, frequency, harmony, counterpoint and many others have logics of organization, spatial qualities, and structural relationships.

In this project, the musical typology of serialism was explored as a generator of organization and spatial relationships. In conjunction with the “core game”, which challenges the positioning of egress and building cores against occupiable space, a systematic method was used to strategically structure the building.

Utilizing these ideas, the overall final form of the design suggests a staccato and disjointed condition. However, just like serialism, which aurally sounds random, it is highly organized and structured.

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Status: School Project
Location: New York, New York