Hello everyone, I am the new person who is going to take a part in this blog, invited by the guy we all love Mr.Robin. Since this is the first time for me to actually blog about something, so I’d appreciate it if you can bear with me until I get used to this activity.
Firstly, I would like to start writing about my topic that I have chose for my dissertation for next year. And of course, many more things that I find interesting relating to Architecture/Designing will be following that later on!
Parco della Musica: ‘City of Music’ – Renzo Piano, Rome
To bigin with, his is the building/complex that I have chosen for my dissertation topic. It is a complex consists of 3 separated auditoriums with an amphitheater installed in the middle of the complex. The complex is located on the north side of Rome, adjacent to the Olympic site that was constructed for the 1960 Olympic games. The site that the auditoriums are built on was previously a parking area until 1993 when the City of Rome launched a international competition by invitation only for construction of multipurpose to host musical and cultural events.
The outcome of the whole design, which some say that it looks like 3 insects from the top as well as wales from the bottom and turtles from inside, was rather inevitable strategy to support his concept. The idea that Piano had was to create the instrument of music rather than just auditoriums. While most architects would design a combined 3 auditorium in one mass structure, Piano have decided to expose the auditorium space on the ground and put every other ancillary spaces underneath it. The main reason why he has employed this method is because he was focusing on the acoustic efficiency to distribute through out the whole auditorium with minimum amplifier. In order to achieve this, he insisted to the Supreme Council for Public Works to use the American Cherry panels for the acoustic, which in the beginning they were refusing due to the cost and transportation.
Finally, for the whole strange shaped design – which I have already stated that it was inevitable to come out as it is – we should look at some examples of other auditoriums drawn in section. This is a simple method to understand how most, in fact not to say all, auditoriums in modern society have the same system for the acoustic distribution.
Royal Festival Hall, London (section)
Sydney Opera House, (longitudinal section through main hall)
Now compare it to Parco della musica section.
As you can see the auditoriums has one method of construction.
the excellence of Piano, however, is the innovative approach to the existing method and applying a twist to it and it appears as if it is something totally new strategy.
These are some of the reason why I have chosen this complex, interesting site/location which I am going to visit in June-July, innovative approach for the overall design, the excellent choice of the material and so on. Next time I would like to talk a little bit about the construction, since unlike most of the other architects, Piano’s dream is not the engineers nightmare but instead a joyful work for them.
Thank you for reading, and see you next time!