Architecture and Music
Some criteria for designing a conservatory
Music and Architecture have many common features. Designing a building is like composing a symphony. The architect “composes” the different elements that coexist in a work, just as the composer “build” his scores from the first sketches to the last details. However, both arts differ in one essential aspect: architecture occupies a space, remains there from the end of its construction and it is tangible; music develops over time, and it is essentially ephemeral and abstract.
In some way, to design a music school involves trying to contain an abstract piece of art in a physical one. Inside it, the development of a deeply creative activity such as musics should be encouraged and the user’s inspiration should be enhanced. Within the chaos of the noisy and bustling city, a conservatory could be understood as a musical shelter where to go to shut out the loud world of daily life. A modern conservatory should be a versatile building, open to new musical genres and new trends, and it should not be treated solely as a container of musical history.
In general, a school needs to look welcoming, and in particular a building dedicated to the teaching of art has to look evocative and be a catalyst for creativity. The society should only be educated in schools and colleges; an essential part of its individual’s training is cultural education. If a network of different types of public and free schools was achieved, not only each person would progress individually, but in the medium to long term the whole society would be rewarded.