Studio 2013

“The plastic arts are presented to us in space; we receive an overall impression before we discover details little by little and at our leisure. Music presupposes before all else a certain organization in Time.” – Igor Stravinsky, Poetics of Music This studio in two parts experimented with ideas of how Time can be a ”conceptual cement” connecting Music and Architecture. The studio began with experimental models working with material, light, and time. The students were challenged to make a 16″x16″x16″ physical model according to a piece of music by composers such as Edgard Varese, Iannis Xenakis, and John Cage. A 2,000m2 new facility was designed for the Center for Contemporary Music Research, established by the composer Iannis Xenakis in 1979. The students chose among three sites, located at the outskirts of the historical center of Athens, at the districts of Metaxourgio, Omonia and Syntagma. This new facility is envisioned to re-energize the role of the foundation within the city’s cultural life and support multi-disciplinary research on the cultural, social and scientific aspects of musical expression. Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia with composer Raphael Mostel