Hyde Park Music Pavilion

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HPMP - 1088
Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb / hr Croatia
2 members
Toni Lončar
Ella Cahunek

Project type:
Cultural Y Espectáculos

Hyde Park in London is considered the city's largest and oldest park. Since its opening, it has seen all kind of musical and cultural events. On the other hand, it offers leisure, relaxation, and recreation within its sunny lawns and sparkly water surface. The attraction of this specific location lies in the duality of those functions.

The proposed pavilion as architectural space becomes a place where people and nature meet with music in many different ways.
It aims to: provide information about past and future musical events and music in general - music laboratory;
add value to the surroundings by respecting the existing motions and emphasizing the new - a landmark;
form a venue for music and concerts on all scales - concert/performance stages.

By putting the pavilion on one of the existing walking trails of Hyde Park, between sunbed area and big parade lawn, the natural motion of the surroundings stays the same, with slightly changed topography in a form of two big ramps that connect those opposite atmospheres. Each ramp consists of many squares between exhibition walls and moves the focus to a different spot. Around the void of their meeting point, the pavilion is shaped in a form of two "semi-buried" volumes that are making a base for a monumental circle above in a shape of a drum. The drum plays a key role for discovering, understanding and feeling the environment due to its unique acoustic, visual and spatial experience.

One single element provides two completely different spaces and feelings; spacious frame above and squeezed space beneath.
Is there any space more interesting in spreading sound than a rounded one? In the drum, we meet with introverted sound which is spreading across the lawn and underneath with extroverted sound spreading along the walking trail. Either way, the music can be celebrated in multiple scenarios.

The result is a unique and recognizable place which accommodates various activities from daily uses to special events.
By using simple architectural element people and music are integrated inside the existing flow of the natural environment.

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