LPiano

LPiano

Architect
SAY Architects
Location
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Concert Halls
Eiichi Kano

LPiano

SAY Architects as Architects

It is probably the smallest and biggest concert hall of all. The request from the client is to design a small piano classroom for him. Instead of creating this introvert classroom, we decided to develop a more ambitious gesture; we want to make it a radiant space towards the whole city. Thus the smallest and the biggest concert hall appears.

Be the smallest, as it is a space for one to play for oneself; be the biggest, as the city is the space's audience. We imagine the space like a concert hall insert into the site. The morphology of the space is an abstract of a triangle piano. The strings become the stage, the metal plate and soundboard become the ceiling; the lid becomes the audience; the frame becomes the back of the house. The whole space then becomes a generator facing the entire city.

The storefront is a spotless white façade with no logo or text indicating the name of the space. It is merely a stage to watch. It becomes a famous spot in the whole area, every week, there will be a small concert host here, the audience, everyone, no ticket or fee required to enjoy the music. Only one cannot choose what they want to hear, what will be performed will be solely decided by the space owner.

The inner space is a trilogy space series. We comfirmed ths space shape and material by doing acoustic analysis and BIM model. The first part is the “string” of this concert hall. The place is a speaker shape wood box insert into space.

The final part is the back of the house, one storage and one toilet. These two space are like two massive pillars seats in the room. The light design for the concert hall includes several modes for a different purpose. In performance mode, the light between the two pillars, flush down like a skylight, while two spotlights light up the piano and player.

The light effect is theatrical in this mode. The stage is a stage at this moment. Without light, space becomes a private concert hall; lights hits material emphasizes different parts and shapes inside the room.  The furniture could be stacked together for storage, but also quite like a sculpture when stacked.

This concert hall is a tiny point mark on the map if you know the location, but space radiates toward the whole city. Music are in many ways, similar to space; it has depth and length. When the sound comes out from the piano, it fills up the whole room, then you experience the music in 3-dimension, you see it, you feel it, and you are in it.

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