November 27, 2018

Why are musicians not considered when designing music spaces?

Tamás Turdean


Music is ephemeral and bound to the constraints of the spaces in which it gets performed. The interiors in which it is played have a significant effect on how music is perceived. Within the contemporary design of these spaces, emphasis is mainly placed on performance venues and achieving optimal acoustics in them. However, musicians spend more time practising and rehearsing than performing, yet their perspective is not considered enough. Why are the spaces where the ‘performance’ starts (the practice and rehearsal space) inferior to the space where it gets ‘performed’?

This project provides a potential approach to the problem, by creating high quality, aesthetic and inspiring music rehearsal and practice spaces for both professionals and the wider public. The project is research-driven and is informed by ethnographic studies conducted on the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as conversations with amateur bands and individual musicians. The project site (Leith Library) adjacent to the Leith Theatre, would create a vibrant contemporary performance art campus for both Leith and Edinburgh. The approach used within the project (inspired by music) is intended as an example of how the interior of music spaces can enhance the experiences of musicians.


Interior Design project, realised in my final year of university.