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  7. Soundscape / Mandai Architects

Soundscape / Mandai Architects

  • 19:00 - 3 July, 2018
Soundscape / Mandai Architects
Soundscape / Mandai Architects, © Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

© Akihide Mishima © Akihide Mishima Courtesy of Mandai Architects © Akihide Mishima + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Ferrante Aporti, 13, 20142 Milano MI, Italy
  • Space Design

    Motosuke Mandai (mandai architects)
  • Area

    290.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

  • Structural engineer

    Yoshiyuki Hiraiwa
  • Music and Sound composition

    Takashi Tsuda
  • Sound space design

    Yuji Tsutsumida
  • Graphic design

    Ken Okamoto (Ken Okamoto Design office Inc.)
  • Project management

    ADK Arts
  • Project coodination

    IXI
  • Construction

    Xilografia Nuova
  • Client

    agc × spatial
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Soundscapes: Spatial Design Incorporating the Invisible Element of Sound
This installation makes use of sound-generating glass, a technology developed by AGC Asahi Glass and previously presented at Milan Design Week 2018. During this event in Milan, Italy, a novel "soundscape" was created inside an old warehouse at Milano Centrale Station.

© Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

Sound-generating glass incorporates a brand-new design making use of a special intermediary layer in between the glass layers. When using this material as a transducer to generate sound—much like a speaker's diaphragm—the innovative design mitigates the inherent resonance characteristics of glass and produces clear, beautiful sounds.

© Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

Designed using transparent glass and the intangible nature of sound, this exhibit captures a moment in time where a single sheet of glass has shattered into a number of shards dispersed throughout the air, making visitors feel as though time is standing still. Each of the 35 sheets of glass scattered throughout this space emits a different nature sound, all of which are transmitted through a multi-source audio setup.

© Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima
Scheme
Scheme
© Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

Just like when taking a real nature walk, this exhibit provides a multi-layered soundscape in which the sounds can be sensed differently depending on the location at which they are being heard, in addition to providing each visitor with a distinctly different scene to experience. One visitor, for example, may hear birdsong from high-up locations that moves around intermittently, while another hears the sounds of crashing waves coming from somewhere below, all of which combine to create scattered, invisible "chambers" of sound within the overall space. Sound sources for the nature sounds used in this space are all taken from field recordings, and the overarching exhibit theme is the "water cycle," wherein water vapor turns into water droplets, which then flow as water through streams until they reach the ocean.

© Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

A special design setup has been adopted for this installation: In order to convey visually that sound is, in fact, being emitted from the glass itself, the exciter (the sound source) for each unit has been installed at a location separate from the glass, with vibrations being conveyed via fine wire to the glass material (similar to how a tin can telephone connected by string or wire operates). The result is an impressive speaker setup in which sound seems to be emitted by shards of glass simply suspended in the air.

© Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

By closing one's eyes and taking in the various sounds conveyed through the glass medium, it is possible to "see" external landscapes and imagery through auditory sensations alone. This new glass technology serves as a window into the world of soundscapes.

Courtesy of Mandai Architects
Courtesy of Mandai Architects

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Cite: "Soundscape / Mandai Architects" 03 Jul 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/897183/soundscape-mandai-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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