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Faculty of Music
by Victor Khoueiry
"Everything happens as if there were one-to-one oscillations between symmetry, order, rationality, and asymmetry, disorder, irrationality in the reactions between the epochs of civilizations. My own musical research on sounds with continuous variation in relation to time [...] led me to lean towards geometric structures based on straight lines: ruled surfaces" Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer and architect (1922 - 2001)
I had always thought that music, of all art forms, had the least influence on architecture, maybe because architectural discourse is so often silent regarding the nonvisual senses. But the words of Xenakis helped me understand the role of music in building design.
Both architecture and music have form and order, structure and rhythm. In this music-school building, the architects have succeeded in expressing this relationship in a clear language of form and materials responding to a complex program. >>>