Mind Space / Miguel C. Tavares & Rui Manuel Vieira / Casa da Música / 2010

Mind Space / Miguel C. Tavares & Rui Manuel Vieira / Casa da Música / 2010


Footnotes

Mind Space is a project that aims to highlight the importance that the human being has in the definition of space through his experience as a user. The confrontation between built space (objective and material) and lived space (subjective and immaterial) it’s the stimulus to the evolution of the narrative, which is centered in the way that the body, synthesizer of all sensorial experiences, appropriates the space. It starts with the object Casa da Música and conceptually explores it to the specific experience of its interior without resorting to any texts or dialogue. The sound is assumed has the element that characterizes space. ➡︎

The Casa da Musica is a remarkably compact, angular, white concrete mushroom that explodes every preconception of what a concert hall should be, and how it should look. It faces a big civic space, surrounded on three sides by a mix of buildings, ranging from the banal to the ramshackle and the stately. ➡︎

Set in the odd leftover spaces between the form of the main hall and the exterior shell, these rooms evoke pieces of the city that have broken off and embedded themselves in the building's skin. Like the characters and objects swept up by the tornado in "The Wizard of Oz," they bring to mind the psychological and emotional residue spinning around in your head, the scattered fragments of memory that shade experience. ➡︎

Crowning the work of metaphor, outside of which there is no architecture, the photograph of the Casa da Música taken at night as people are leaving the building triggers my recollection of an image from one of my childhood books, showing Noah’s Ark opening to let off the animals saved from the Flood: a timely, if problematic, vignette, returning us as it does, under the combined signs of the disaster and the rampart erected against it by culture (“our” culture?), to one of the articles, if not the founding myths, of modernity. It is a fitting paradox that one of the more resolutely partial views presented here of the Casa da Música serves in the end, under the emblem of the ark, as the most proper illustration of its overall concept. ➡︎


Sources

▶︎ Mind Space / Miguel C. Tavares & Rui Manuel Vieira / Casa da Música / 2010

◼︎ Rem Koolhaas/Casa da Musica / Deyan Sudjic / The Observer / April 10 2005

◼︎ Rem Koolhaas Learns Not to Overthink It / Nicolai Ouroussoff / The New York Times / April 10 2005

◼︎ Visual language: Discourse / Hubert Damisch / Domus d'Autore: Post-Occupancy / 2006


Le Silence de la Casa da Musica / Nathalie Fontaine-Pham / 2009

Le Silence de la Casa da Musica / Nathalie Fontaine-Pham / 2009

Portrait de Salles: Casa da Música / Chloé Perlemuter / 2010

Portrait de Salles: Casa da Música / Chloé Perlemuter / 2010