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Rhythm House Julius Taminiau Architects

Rhythm House Julius Taminiau Architects

The architect contradicts Goethe

The game 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 to Taminiau, this statement does not sound right.” Architecture is neither frozen nor static, It is dynamic, you enter the building and move through it, the light and shadow are constantly changing, sometimes you see it raining, people (and plants)” using “the building is moving 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 other senses perceive. “According to this principle, the architects” composed “the percussion house as an instrument played by the sun. The views, weather and lighting conditions change constantly over the course of a day, but also throughout the year. The facade, the carefully thought-out placement of the window openings, the height of the double roof, the staircase, The mezzanine, and the balustrades put together the musical note of the building.

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