musical dream space  

Yale Museum for Musical Instruments  // New Haven, CT  //  Fall 2014

 

Critic: John Patkau

 

Museums are not simply warehouses for objects but rather vehicles that transport visitors to exotic places and cultures.  

 

As objects with the capability to emit sound, instruments in particular have a transformative effect on museum visitors. The size, dimensions, lighting strategy and acoustic qualities of each exhibition room of this museum were designed to fit the instruments they contain. 

 

Constructed of compressed earth blocks – a form of brick made primarily from soil – the museum uses an ancient construction technique to create a building with a low environmental impact but high-performance functionality.

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