Play House: Formal Acoustics
By analyzing the way in which sound particles bounce and interact, this project seeks to explore and better understand how to control sound in a space and mould an end result that is based on these implications. This form responds to the natural disposition of a ray, when directed a certain way, colliding with an object and then being redirected, and makes sure that these rays follow a particular path, chimney-ing the sound up and away, allowing for a multitude of different program to interact The spectators can enjoy the many aspects of what this gallery extension of the Met antique instrument collection seeks to provide: antique instrument restoration facilities, displays, small performance venues and a larger auditorium venue. A diaphragm is formed between the exterior crystalline structure and the interior wood structure creating varying sound properties in the different spaces. This exterior glass skin showcases the wooden interior skin and also acts to highlight the vertical circulation located on the Lincoln Center side of the building, offering views to those experiencing the diaphragm via the grand stair or those witnessing from across the street. This project, situated on a triangular plot on Broadway, locks itself into the site, maintaining a triangular footprint, and twists upwards to integrate itself into the city grid and surrounding infrastructure. This design’s goal is to provide an overall experience that works as an acoustic pavilion in the upper-west side NYC whilst also providing a contrasting visual piece next to the classicism of the Lincoln Center and the urban skyscraper surroundings.