Spiegel im Spiegel Arvo Pärt / Gallery of AD Classics Expo'58 + Philips Pavilion Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis / Mona Sibai and Björn Evers

 Quelle: Wikimedia commons / wouter hagens "Instruments from the Inside" by Mona Sibai and Björn Ewers

Duration:                            13 Wochen

Project start                       Mo 25.04.22
Presentation MA_01:          We 11.05.22
Presentation MA_02:          We 01.06.22
Final Presentation MA_03:  We 13.07.22



Music and architecture can be paralleled in different ways. Rhythm, texture, harmony, proportion, are linked to both arts in some way, and are recognizable in buildings or musical compositions. However, music cannot be translated directly. It can be represented, as for example in dance. But it is not possible to transpose it literally into any other medium. So, does architecture exist in music, or vice versa, and if so, what is the relationship between music and architecture? There is a famous saying: "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture". That apparent contradiction will be, paradoxically, our object of experimentation: to learn whether architecture and music can also dance together.



The semester's work is divided into three phases, whose Leitmotiv is the relationship between the architectural project and music. In the first phase, an analysis of a series of concepts that could be common to both will be carried out. The comparative analysis of buildings and musical compositions will give us clues about the coincidences, analogies or contradictions between both arts. In the next step, each team of students will design an architectural space based on a musical work with which a conceptual, perceptual, material, etc. link will be established. In a third phase, each team will design a building located in Berlin's Spreepark, whose program and specific location will be worked out in the course of the semester.


Project Phases:

Phase I Analysis

This phase consists of a first approach to the theme of the semester trying to focus on those aspects in which there may be a common denominator to the architectural and musical works. The comparative analysis of a composition and a project will serve as a tool to establish a dialogue in the group that will lead us to the following phases. The following list of terms is a working reference. Some of them are concepts clearly related to architecture, others to music, or both. Each team will choose one of these concepts and make a comparative study/analysis in relation to musical and architectural works.

Rhythm - Interval - Harmony - Resonance - Mathematics - Geometry - Structure - Silence -Scale - Notation - Form - Light - Color - Notation - Texture …

The presentation will be based on multimedia (drawings, photographs, texts, music).


Phase II Interpretation

Phase II consists of the conception of a space in relation to sound. Each team will have to choose a specific musical work and propose an architecture that establishes a dialogue, a conversation or even an opposition or contradiction between the two. The exercise will propose an experimental interpretation that can be expressed through drawings, models, video, performances or other means.


Phase III Project

In this last phase, each team will design a project linked to the production and teaching of music, to be located in Berlin's Spreepark. The specific location and detailed program of uses will be chosen by each team, based on their idea of the relationship between music and architecture. The project will be presented by means of drawings and models.



The different phases of the semester will be developed in teams of two students.


Time schedule:

Tu 19 Apr 10:00 Projektb rse Online

Mo 25 Apr 16:00 Semester Presentation Start Ma

We 11 May 14:00 Intermediate critic_Phase I Analysis

We 01 Jun 12:00 Intermediate critic_Phase II Interpretation

We 08 Jun 14:00 -18:00 Site visit Spreepark

We 13 Jul 14:00 Final critic_Phase III Project


Semester organisation:

-Lehrstuhl Grundlagen des Entwerfens

Prof: Enrique Sobejano

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin: Lisa Tiedje

Lehrbeauftragte: Henrike Heuer

Tutorinnen: Helene Peters, Annalena Mach

Studio: Wednesday 16:00-19:00

Room: 303


Rules of the chair:

- Studio Wednesday attendance is mandatory

- Working in the studio is expected

- Interim and final presentation project, with guest critics

- Interim corrections with Professor and assistants are important; also discussions of other projects should be followed by the other students

- The documents requested must exist and are not filed during the duties/presentations

- Regular checking of emails for announcements and events is expected


Phase II Interpretation