Son et lumière

See it, hear it – catch the wave

The chamber music hall at David Chipperfield’s Carmen Würth Forum,
The chamber music hall at David Chipperfield’s Carmen Würth Forum,

The effect of different materials reflecting, absorbing, diverting or bouncing off light is all too rarely studied.  The behaviour of longer waves – of sound – and the nuances of different waves from voice to chamber orchestra to pop often need to be designed by expert acousticians. Start playing with all these waves together inside a blank concert hall box and the engineered surfaces appear as rippling complexities of materials, coming to life as the lights go up; appreciated visually as much as acoustically. It is not just the soloist performing, but the walls playing the music back to the audience. And the architecture sings too. 

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