Rhythm House Julius Taminiau Architects

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The architect contradicts Goethe

The interplay of light and shadow is a fundamental design principle. © Norbert Wunderling

The architect’s description of the project already shows the holistic and philosophical approach of Julius Taminiau Architects (JTA): “Goethe once wrote: ‘Architecture is frozen music.’ But for Taminiau, that statement doesn’t ring true. The architecture is not fixed or static, it is dynamic, you enter the building and move through it, the light and shadow are constantly changing, sometimes you see it is raining, people (and plants) “using” the building moves and even the building itself can be moved simply by opening a window or door. So what is the relationship between music and architecture? In its broadest definition, music is an arrangement of sounds. Architecture, in an equally broad sense, is an arrangement of light. Like architecture, music has proportions, composition and structure. Like music, architecture needs rhythm, melody and soul. Architecture is the music that the other senses perceive. “According to this principle, the architects” composed “the percussion house like an instrument played by the sun. Views, weather and lighting conditions change constantly over the course of a day, but also throughout the year. The facade, the judiciously thought out location of the bay windows, the height of the double roof, the staircase, the mezzanine and the balustrades compose the musical note of the building.

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