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Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part Three - Three Buildings that Make Music

Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part Three - Three Buildings that Make Music

ft —Z Lo

Forget buildings that look like musical instruments - how about buildings that make their own music?  I came across the  Dresden's "Court of Water" House in Dresden's Kunshof Passage Collective  in my previous Bizarre Buildings post on buildings that look like musical instruments.  I was also intrigued by a sound installation by David Byrne of Talking Heads in London and the Silophone in Montreal, Canada.  


The Court of Water House is in the Courtyard of Elements and was designed by sculptor Annette Paul and Designers Christoph Rossner and Andre Tempel.  Annette Paul said that she was inspired by her home in St Petersburg where she would listen to the ‘rain theatre’ of the pipes outside her home.


The blue and green facade of the house has an intricate system of funnels and drains that amplify the sound of the rain.  Other installations in the Kunshof Passage include the Court of Mythical Creatures and the Court of Metamophosis.  The Courtyard of Elements also includes a yellow building representing light that has curved aluminium panels on it.


Here's a video of the Court of Water Building - it's not music as you know it, but I love it !

David Byrne from Talking Heads has taken things a step further.  He converts an entire building into a giant musical instrument.  Every pillar, structural beam and water pipe vibrate and resonate thus creating mesmerising sounds.  Every visitor can play the building via a wired piano.  Different methods are used to produce the sounds including hitting columns with metal rods, strapping vibrating motors to girders and blowing air through tubes.

Playing the Building originally appeared in  Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden in 2005, then the concept was realised again in New York in the Battery Maritime Building in 2008, the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London in 2009 and in Minneapolis at the Aria Building in 2012.

Play the Building in the Roundhouse




Here is a video of the Roundhouse Play the Building Installation :-

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3 years ago #11

Paul Walters - wouldn't it be amazing if we could hold our own concert in one of those old yards - I love Yard 2 at Fereiras in Honeydew. I was in Yard 1 the other day and the woodworking work shop. I think I will take my camera with on my next expedition!

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3 years ago #10

- I love going into old factories and hardware stores, often I have a small stick in my hand - I love giving those lovely old copper pipes a tap!

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4 years ago #8

Thanks for the share Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic !

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4 years ago #7

Thanks for the share !

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4 years ago #6

Thanks for the share CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit !

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4 years ago #5

Thanks for the share Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee !

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4 years ago #4

Thanks for the share Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee!

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4 years ago #3

Jerry Fletcher - glad you enjoyed the article - I did rack my brains trying to think of a witty rejoinder , but couldn't top your pun!

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4 years ago #2

I hope so too Ken Boddie! I also hope there are extra public conveniences available for visitors taking a look at the building when it's raining!

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4 years ago #1

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic - I would also love to hear the haunting sounds of the Sea Organ in Zadar!

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