Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma and Associates: ‘The project is a complex of the music conservatory, its concert hall and various other facilities. There is a big difference in elevation within the site, and its neighboring land is also diverse. To solve such complexity, we chose aluminum as a single material for each façade, to be folded in part according to the face.

By adding the work of “folding” to the thin aluminum panel, each façade is given subtle shading. The main element of the façade here, therefore, is light and shadow, instead of the aluminum. We were inspired for this idea by Paul Cézanne, the great artist from this region, and Japanese art of Origami.

Folding also became useful in protecting the opening from the sunlight, and controlling the range of view from the opening. We also received an interesting remark that this façade evokes a musical score, the protagonist of conservatory. Folding is also applied to the concert hall. An asymmetrical interior was generated as its result, and helped to make a resonance with colorful, free-spirited music by Darius Milhaud, again a composer of Aix-en-Provence whose name is crowned on the conservatory.

 

 

 

 

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