Collection by Diana Budds

It's Musical in the Modern World

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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.

Brill's practice area features a ’50s Wurlitzer piano and a mid-’60s Ludwig drum kit. For acoustics, the architect…
A music and cycling fan (the vintage bike is by Vivalo), Grunbaum mans the turntables while friends gather in the…
A large OSB structure with skylights, a bathroom, enclosed baby’s room, and master sleeping alcove dominates Ryan and…
Carpenter, a former professional musician, spends considerable time playing several instruments around the house,…
Music is central to Andrew McKenzie’s living arrangements. With guitars hanging on his Gaboon plywood walls, he always…
Amidst the vintage furnishings—including pieces by Hans Olsen, Paul McCobb, and Hans Wegner—Stevens works an array of…
The entire family makes good use of the music room, where they hold public and private Sunday concerts with local and…
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