Exercise 101 – Kelli Uemura – The Piano Building

Though it may look like a zoomed in image of a piano and violin, the Piano Building combines both music and architecture lovers together into one building. This 50:1 scale of a grand piano and violin is made with black and transparent glass, located in China. Not only is the building aesthetically appealing, but serves multiple purposes and uses. The violin serves as an escalator and staircase that helps you make your way through the different levels of the piano. The bottom area of the piano consists of two separate concert halls which also serves as a practice area for local musicians. As a popular tourist attraction, you will commonly see people sitting in the shade underneath the piano or taking a picture in front of or beside the violin.

URL : http://architecture-mag.com/content/the-piano-building-in-china/#:~:text=The%20Piano%20Building%20in%20China%20is%20a%2050%3A1,your%20favorite%20architectural%20building%20design%20in%20the%20world.

Comments (4)

  1. Very creative way of involving the escalator and staircase into the violin design. The transparent glass adds value while walking up the stairs.

  2. Your summary is excellent. It gave me a greater appreciation for this amazing building. Unfortunately, the article was not linked so I couldn’t click on it to read more.

  3. I really appreciate that the design allows people to know the use of the building simply by looking at its appearance. I am also curious about the use of the upper part of the piano!

  4. Hello Kelli,

    I think this building is absolutely striking. I love how it blends visual sculpture-like art with functional architecture while nodding to music itself. I also like how the building utilizes the empty space underneath to make it stand out even more.

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