Located on the opposite side of the historical French-Canadian city of Quebec in Canada, across river St. Lawrence, this project represents an initial step towards interpreting the intelligent proportions of the harmonic instruments to design an architecture performance through sound into expressions of formal proportion in architecture. A harmonic layer of string arrangement, designed through the synthesis of harmonic proportions, forms an Aeolian pavilion that uses wind energy to generate pleasant synaesthetic sound.
The spatial and functional implications of the Synaesthetic Museum become key requirements for it to function both as a museum and an Aeolian building. Structured round several prototypes and investigations, the design explores various tectonic analysis related to both the architectural language, generated through caustics, and the inclusion of fully functional harmonic strings. The goal of this project is to be able to translate and re-interpret the combination of sound and light to create a one unique performative experience.
The trend of movement and transition of light caustic patterns were studied through meticulous data mapping of the interaction between the initial surface pattern and its projected caustic pattern. The relation between the light source, the initial pattern and its protected pattern onto a designed recording surface was investigated through a fully functional physical generative model. Multiple light sources were computed individually providing arrayed projected curves generating form. Combining the human scale, structural possibility and the relationship with the environment, the projected arrays of the caustic pattern were further refined and optimised.
Synaesthetic Museum is a visual and aural application generating a poetic aesthetic of a fully experiential architecture that awakens one’s exploration through various areas of perception.