zaha hadid architects: JS bach chamber music hall zaha hadid architects: JS bach chamber music hall
jul 08, 2009

zaha hadid architects: JS bach chamber music hall

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © luke hayes

zaha hadid architects recently completed their chamber music hall at the manchester art gallery. the installation is home to performances of the music of johann sebastian bach, currently taking place as part of the manchester international festival. a fabric covered steel structure swirls within the room, carving out a spatial and visual response to the intricate relationships of bach’s harmonies.

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © luke hayes

text from zaha hadid architects: ‘the design enhances the multiplicity of bach’s work through a coherent integration of formal and structural logic. a single continuous ribbon of fabric swirls around itself, creating layered spaces to cocoon the performers and audience with in an intimate fluid space.’

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © luke hayes

‘the process of realizing the design involved architectural considerations of scale, structure and acoustics to develop a dynamic formal dialogue inseparable from its intended purpose as an intimate chamber music hall. a layering of spaces and functions is achieved through the ribbon wrapping around itself, alternately compressing to the size of a handrail then stretching to enclose the full height of the room. circulatory and visual connections are continually discovered as one passes through the multiple layers of space delineated by the ribbon.’

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © luke hayes

‘the ribbon itself consists of a translucent fabric membrane articulated by an internal steel structure suspended from the ceiling. the surface of the fabric shell undulates in a constant but changing rhythm as it is stretched over the internal structure. it varies between the highly tensioned skin on the exterior of the ribbon and the soft billowing effect of the same fabric on the interior of the ribbon. clear acrylic acoustic panels are suspended above the stage to reflect and disperse the sound, while remaining visually imperceptible within the fabric membrane.’

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects © luke hayes

‘programmed lighting and a series of dispersed musical recordings activate the spaces between the ribbon outside of performance times. the installation is designed to be transportable and re-installed in other similar venues. pivotal to its function is the performance of the ribbon. it has been designed to simultaneously enhance the acoustic experience of the concert while spatially defining a stage, an intimate enclosure, and passageways. it exists at a scale in which it is perceived as both an object floating in a room as well as a temporal architecture that invites one to enter, inhabit and explore.’

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects

image courtesy of zaha hadid architects

project details client: manchester international festival programme: chamber music hall architects: zaha hadid architects design team: melodie leung, gerhild orthacker acoustic consultant: sandy brown associates fabricator: base structures tensile structural engineer: tony hogg design ltd. site: manchester art gallery, t1 gallery site area: 17m x 25m

  • Beautiful!. Perfect material for Hadid’s ideas. Wonder why wasn’t explored before!

    countcero says:
  • Wonder what Richard Serra thinks of it (see Sequence 2006). Same spatial ideas. Hard as steel, soft as fabric.

    countcero says:
  • om namay shivay
    great peple do great job god bless
    best of luck
    dinesh bhardwaj

    dba says:
  • JUST BEAUTIFUL

    mpach says:
  • Very cool, I wonder if the fabric does anything for the sound or is it strictly a visual? I bet you could do some cool light and shadow work on that canvas. I saw “Fiest” do a show and she had amazing light and shadow work in her repertoire.

    A breakthrough!

    William White says:
  • like it.
    see also [url=http://www.zaha-hadid.com] zaha hadid[/url] or http://www.zaha-hadid.com.

    frog says:

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