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It's Musical in the Modern World

Dwell has been exploring how acoustics factor into architecture, most recently in contributor William Hamilton's essay "The World of Sound" and in the forthcoming May issue on Steven Holl's Daeyang House and Gallery inspired by a never-performed symphony. Here we turn our eye, or ear rather, to seven projects which show that it's musical in the modern world.

The practice area in musician Rob Brill's Los Angeles house features a ’50s Wurlitzer piano and a mid-’60s Ludwig drum kit. For acoustics, the architect insulated the walls with two layers of Sheetrock stuffed with denim insulation. The floor is made of pegboard—an unusual, albeit cost-effective, material choice. Photo by Noah Webb.

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