Articles on Music

Conservatoire by Jakob+MacFarlane. Photo Judith Bormand.

Jakob+MacFarlane coordinates a love triangle between dance, music and architecture

NOISY-LE-SEC – The Conservatoire, in the vicinity of the media centre and the theatre, opens up to the city centre and starts a dialogue about the cultural future of the area.

The project presents itself at the boundary of the existing playground, reconciling the disparate gradients between the street and adjacent schoolyard. Photo Schnepp Renou

Joly & Loiret turns out a performance building well-tuned for education

VERSAILLES – Architect studio Joly & Loiret extends music and dance for Parisian youth.

The building sits back from the street to provide a public space with the potential for outside performances. Photo Cécile Septet

Rhythm and repetition inform aesthetic and form

VANVES – Architecture firm Babin+Renaud design a performance building in time with the music.

Ragnarock gives architectural expression to what the town of Roskilde has represented since hosting its first music festival.

COBE and MVRDV stud Ragnarock museum with rock 'n' roll flair

ROSKILDE – A new museum for rock, pop and youth culture transforms a derelict site into a creative neighbourhood and symbol of music.

Dance studios and library are located toward the east side of the building overlooking the valley, while lecture and administrative spaces are niched behind.

The cultural centre by Ateliers O-S takes off from its base

PARIS – For just over a decade, the Parisian practice has been playing with massive, cantilevered boxes, yet it would seem at least a few latent thoughts have finally found their …

The architects have given the site’s industrial textures an unapologetically modern form.

Gebr. De Nobel by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

LEIDEN – A music venue in the Dutch city of Leiden has relocated to a factory building renovated by Rotterdam-based office Ector Hoogstad Architecten.

Malka’s open housing unit ambiguously resides between public and private space.

Bow-House by Stéphane Malka

HEERLEN – The architect inserts an open housing unit between a public square and a graffiti-covered blind wall.

The benches are made of small oak laths and the floor of dark brown composite.

Paard van Troje by studio Barbara Vos and studio TILIA

THE HAGUE – The Hague’s concert hall Paard van Troje, or Trojan Horse, underwent a refurbishment last summer to celebrate its 40 years.

Paloma concert hall by TETRARC.

Paloma by Tetrarc

NÎMES – A contemporary music hall in the French city of Nîmes was inspired by the bold energy and aesthetic of a bullfighter.

The shell’s peaking form projects music and the spoken word to the audience.

Soundforms by Flanagan Lawrence and Arup Acoustics

LONDON – A portable shell can be used for pop-up musical performances around the world.

A semi-transparent and reflective façade allows the building to exploit its surrounding heritage.

Music School Louviers Extension by Opus 5

LOUVIERS – A convent in northern France has been given a new look by architects Opus 5, who have expanded the existing music school by adding a glass box to its south side.

Eight gigantic translucent wings hang over the buildings, supported by a series of steel trusses.

Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES-Architects

WUXI – Inspired by Chinese and Finnish design, PES-Architects created a butterfly-like performance centre resting on a man-made peninsula in Wuxi, China.