soma: music pavilion salzburg biennale 2011 complete
soma: music pavilion   salzburg biennale 2011   complete soma: music pavilion   salzburg biennale 2011   complete
apr 10, 2011

soma: music pavilion salzburg biennale 2011 complete

temporary music pavilion for the salzburg biennale by soma image courtesy of soma architects

the city of salzburg, austria has seen completion of soma’s music pavilion for the second annual salzburg biennale. as designboom previously reported, the temporary structure will house a variety of events – including concerts, screening and talks – for the contemporary music festival.

sitting in place, in the middle of a public square

based on rule and variation, a theme that is inherent to both architecture and music, the structure features simple repetitious elements that provoke curiosity and entices visitors to enter.

side elevation


aerial view

a mass of single sticks merge into a singular, permeable structure that changes in its appearance throughout the day, according to the different light conditions. deceptive in its form and materiality, the reflective pavilion allows for an ambivalent reading as both singular members and a merging conglomerate, depending on the distance it is viewed from. while irregular, the arrangement still shows as a homogeneous distribution of density and rhythm.

detail of facade



construction of exterior structure


diagram by structural engineers bollinger grohmann schneider engineers

diagrams showing the numeration of construction elements by structural engineers bollinger grohmann schneider engineers

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