SONIC HUTS FOR A CONE
Structure: Fiberglass, Copper, GFRC
Team: Alihan Oney
The Brief for the Sonic Hut is to design an acoustic environment for one of the Cones from Bronze Bell Series of Harmen Brethouwer.
The Collector hut begins with the idea of a number of slightly different sonic collecting pods hidden inside a solid square object. The exterior object is clad in a thin lightweight cement board that has been tooled with a pattern that alludes to other mineral based materials. This gives the entire object the appearance of a floating heavy mass, even though the pattern is strangely artificial. The exterior mass hovers around a series of legs that form the structure of each pod. One enters the hut by ducking under the mass at a central bay that is free from the ground. Each pod is clad in copper forming different focused sonic experiences. These pods gather the tones of the bell from the lower regions, collecting and focusing them closer to ear height. The listener turns away from the visual experience of the cone and faces the aural experience within each of the eight pods surrounding the cone.
The Reflektor hut begins with the idea of a reflecting bowl hidden inside a solid square object. The exterior object is clad in a thin light-weight cement board that has been tooled with a pattern that alludes to other mineral based materials. This gives the entire object the appearance of a floating heavy mass, even though the pattern is strangely artificial. Upon entering the object at the corner, a space of movement exists between the surfaces of the square and circular forms. At the opposite corner from the entry is an opening into the interior of the bowl, which is actually a passage back to exterior space. This opening provides the first visual contact with the cone. The entire interior of the bowl is clad in copper forming a reflecting surface around the cone. This surface gathers the tones of the bell from the lower regions, reflects and focuses them closer to ear height. The bowl is slightly lopsided which changes the height of the most intense tones as one walks around the bowl. The surface of the bowl can also be sat into, with the sonic experience completely enveloping the listener.
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