When a guitarist tunes a guitar, the simple tone represents the multitude of forces acting within the instrument. The tension of the strings is resisted by the compression of the neck of the instrument, but those forces are not equal - the stresses change across the neck, from the differing string tensions, and through the neck, with the strings producing a slight bending moment within the neck.
It is these internal stresses, and how they play a part in the music the instrument produces, that I have chosen to use as inspiration for my School of Music on Ghuznee St, Wellington. The strong use of highly visible timber shows the importance and future of using timber in medium-rise construction, but also references the role that timber plays in music. All fixings between the beams and columns are hidden, as with most stringed instruments.
This project was program-driven, with very strict requirements of bringing all the spaces and functions together into one coherent architectural outcome. The layout reflects my desire for an easily understood building, where the three main areas (Staff Block, Teaching Block, and Auditorium Block) are very intuitively distinguished and accessed. A large crush space serving both auditoriums, with common bathrooms, dictated the overall layout of the building, and I believe it has worked well.