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The Pannonhalma Archabbey, Hungary

A Gym Is Transformed Into A Concert Hall

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment | UNESCO World Heritage Site
photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

One of Hungary’s most historic monuments founded in 996, is the Benedictine Pannonhalma Archabbey now supplemented by the Benedictine High School, a boarding school for boys.  As of 2005, The Pannonhalma Arcus Temporum Festival, a three day spiritual exercise in the form of music, theater and art takes place in the boarding school’s gym. For this year’s festival, three young Hungarian architects Dániel BalóDániel Eke and Zoltán Kalászi designed and built a specifically fitted installation for the gym using two elements. For starters, the light bulbs that were used formed a strict geometrical grid. Then, the parallel waving layers of the translucent textile which also improved the gym’s acoustics were dropped from the ceiling into the space below. Suffice it to say that the end result turned the classical concerts which took place between the 24th/26th of August, 2012 into a memorable event.

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

On the project itself, the architects had the following to share : 
>> In order to create an interior which was suitable for classical concerts, first of all we had to somehow fade out the gym’s characteristic appearance and find a suitable cover. But further on, we were eager to form an atmosphere that would compliment musical events and to then partition the homogenous space through gentle transitions. We therefore created a spatial structure built from two items: This included the creation of an interacting translucent media system and a geometric grid of point lights. The media system’s hanging layers are made out of a thermally bonded non-woven geotextile fabric. As the fabric dominates over the beams and walls, we then blurred the room’s boarders through the use of different outlines and the translucent, opalescent texture of the fabric’s layers. We also defined the locations of the two main functions, these being the auditorium and stage. The point lights themselves are made from light bulbs which emit equal intensity light and hang in equal distance at the nodes of a square raster. These bulbs are hidden among the waving textile layers above the auditorium, and come into view above the stage thus bringing the musicians into focus. With the use of the textile layers, we succeeded in improving the room’s acoustics whereby the hanging ribs dampened the sharp reflecting sounds dispersing them through the space. This in turn, generated a more comfortable atmosphere and optimized the musical experience.<<

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

photo © Tamás Bujnovszky

PROJECT CREDITS
Project: Concert hall installation in the Archabbey of Pannonhalma
Location: Archabbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary
ArchitectsDániel BalóDániel EkeZoltán Kalászi
Electrical Engineering: István Kalászi
Construction team: Dániel Baló, Tamás Bene, Dániel Eke, Zoltán Kalászi, Mar Vicens Fuster, Balázs Máté, Nóra Szüts, Eszter Takács
Gross Floor Area: 200 sqm
Material: Polypropylene (17 gram/sqm non-woven fabric)
Functional Period: 24th – 26th of August, 2012
Budget: 1160 €
PhotographsTamás Bujnovszky

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‘La Mer De Pianos’

© Tom Wrigglesworth and Mathieu Cuvelier

A lifetime crafting and servicing the piano is nothing but rare in any craft today. Owning the shop for 13 out of the 15 years he has worked there, is a testament to the importance of carrying the tradition and legacy of one craft. Although Marc Manceaux, the business owner, says business slows down just a bit every year, his passion for what he does, keeps him there. As long as no one kicks him out of there, water, candle, sketch book and music will keep him alive and moving forward. He articulates that these days, the business is not about fixing a new piano but about conservation. He explores the world for old piano parts that could serve another timeless piano and help it be played once again. He continues to sacrifice one piano part for another and these transactions give his shop an interesting feel as you witness so many injured pianos. A sea of piano parts working together to conserve one that has a chance of survival.

I´m happy to introduce Marc Manceaux and La Mer de Painos. A film directed, shot & edited by Tom Wrigglesworth &Mathieu Cuvelier.

© Tom Wrigglesworth and Mathieu Cuvelier

© Tom Wrigglesworth and Mathieu Cuvelier

© Tom Wrigglesworth and Mathieu Cuvelier

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The Stupid Orchestra

Household appliances in a Symphony delirium is not something that you normally expect to see in a Museum. Well, not anymore! Conductor, cembalist and composer Michael Petermann (alias Weisser Rausch) has gathered 200 historic vacuum cleaners, mixers and washing machines and has transformed them into musical instruments! These appliances forming an orchestra and named: Stupid Orchestra will be ‘performing’ until 30 April 2011 at the MKG Hamburg(Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg) and will make you reconsider the way you think about home appliances! In this half an hour performance a telephone is the conductor and the all the vacuum cleaners and the mixers are the musicians! So be prepared for an unforgettable performance of 200 vintage appliances which might make you feel a bit dizzy in the end. After all, there is something funny and even poetic making you believe that all these machines can play music and at the highest standard! Enjoy!

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