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House for music and musical theatre
Graz, Austria 1998
Open competition
GFA: 3.660 sqm

Along the Lichtenfelsgasse in Graz, a minimal, massive block is being developed. The spaces are introvert and have just few openings to the outside. The inner communication takes place through a vertical cut, separating the block into two parts. One is for rehearsal and the other for performing.

The foyer takes the role of a spatial filter that extends in front of the block. This “soft” zone filters the tension between the massive building and the landscape of the park in a perpendicular direction. It works as a filter between the outside world and the world of music. In the ground floor the building and the park seem to submerge. Above, light and views penetrate only locally the outer wall.

Between the hard block and the “dodecaphonic” facade, a rich spectrum of different light atmospheres emerges. The narrow glass slots in the wood facade are distributed according to Arnold Schönberg’s 12-tone method. The folded wood façade consists of twelve elements that are again divided vertically in twelve parts, corresponding to the range confined by one octave. The principle of the 12 tone composition is the last important international contribution from Austria in the field of modern music.