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Creative Turn in Acoustic Architecture: The Piano House



Architecture serves not only aesthetic purposes but also acts as a tool to shape user experiences. The Piano House exemplifies this by bringing to life a living space intricately intertwined with music through a unique design approach. This spiral-planned residence is a thoughtful creation for music enthusiasts, providing an ideal environment for playing the piano.



Piano House has been designed by NI&Co. Architects, situated in a serene residential area of Nagoya, Japan, the Piano House stands on a plot measuring 7 meters in width and 15 meters in depth. The architectural design incorporates 10-degree rotated voids, creating a buffer zone that reduces interaction with environmental noises. The spiral-shaped wall not only establishes a sense of continuity between interior and exterior spaces but also offers a specialized ambiance for playing the piano.


The spiral wall extends inward, controlling the transmission of sound waves to the ears. This not only governs the room's sound insulation but also orchestrates the acoustic performance, allowing for precise adjustment of the piano's sound. The touch of the wall enables enchanting alterations to the sound environment. The 'Sonata for Two Pianos' area crafted within epitomizes the perfect fusion of sound and art.


The soundproof room, cost-effective acoustic materials were utilized to achieve an effective acoustic performance. The combination of an acoustic layer and sound insulation layer ensures echo control and flawless sound transmission, presenting a budget-friendly solution for creating an art and music-filled environment.



The spiral-planned Piano House offers music enthusiasts a personalized living space by challenging the limits of acoustic architecture. The meticulous details in its design underscore the significance of sound insulation and acoustic control in living spaces. Beyond being a beautiful dwelling, the house empowers residents to control and customize the quality of sound within, providing a unique musical experience. It underscores that acoustic architecture plays a critical role not only in visual aesthetics but also in shaping user experiences.



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