Can sound be a fourth dimension of architecture?

A visit to the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) was greeted with chiming music, similar to ‘Glass Harmonica’. It was ‘Clinamen’ – an installation of white porcelain bowls floating like  pearls on a blue water pool.

Circulating gently, swept along by submarine currents, floating crockery acts as a percussive instrument, creating a resonant, chiming acoustic soundscape, marked by complexity, hidden patterns and chance compositions. (Source NGV) Conceived and created by French artist, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, this large-scale sound based art installation built a warm ambience and reinforced a relaxing experience for the visitors, a perfect start for submerging into the world of art.

It makes one wonder at the possibility of experimenting with sound as a fourth dimension in design. Can a sound-scape enhance, influence or add value to architecture? Out of various correlation of art forms with architecture, this one is worth an exploration.

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens

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