Architect Translates Sound Into Space

As a designer, I have found that great inspiration can come from mediums outside of architecture and interior environments. Here, we see architect and sculptor Jan Henrik Hansen using digital technology to translate sonic experiences into tangible, 3-dimensional works of art.
Music and architecture, while they might seem unrelated at a glance, actually share many fundamental notions. From the attention to experience over time, composition, rhythm, dynamics, harmony/discord (to name a few), music can be thought of as the sonic equivalent to visual art and design. Hansen’s utilization of this idea yields beautiful sculptures sourced from a variety of music that includes everything from Bach to Michael Jackson to Dr. Dre. (side note: I give him extra props for exploring beyond the scholarly and jamming out to Billie Jean every once in a while).

Whether it be music, fashion, film, etc…we all have interests that can inspire us as environmental designers. What is your inspiration?

“Toccata Et Fugue in D Minor” inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach
“Billie Jean Beat” inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”
“Kangblume” Inspired by Zapp Band’s “Dancefloor”
“Bassline” inspired by an original improvised bassline

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About Chrystal Roggenkamp
Professional designer at FRCH Design Worldwide. Semi-professional seeker of good food, live music, and roller derby mayhem.

6 Responses to Architect Translates Sound Into Space

  1. I love ideas that relate music to design. It is always interesting to see two seemingly unrelated mediums share similar qualities. Now that you mention it, I think I might look and even hear design a little differently. Fantastic post!

    • Chrystal Roggenkamp says:

      I appreciate the kind words! I think that music can be inspiring to designers in so many different ways. While I focus more on the emotional aspects and don’t get into the hardcore science of it all, there are a lot of really interesting studies that have surfaced in recent years about the relationship between sound and art. You might enjoy the following links:

      Golan Levin, an artist and engineer uses computer programs to translate sounds into forms

      Beau Lotto and his studio, Lotto Lab, have a bunch of projects that involve the relationship between sound and visuals. The project link below takes the artworks of children and turns them into orchestral arrangements. Check out the rest of Lotto lab’s site for related projects if you find this interesting.

  2. Amy says:

    This is the most insightful thing I have read on the internet today. Good Job.

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