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Symphonic House

  • On August 7, 2006

Symphonic House  is a joint experiment between David Hanawalt, Architect and Bill Close, Sonic Installation Artist; The House explores the integration of site, sight and sound through the creation of architecture as musical instruments.


The house is set up with a series of musical instruments. The Architecture becomes the structure, bridge and resonator for these giant instruments created using specially developed brass and piano wire as “the strings” of the instruments. The use of long string technologies developed by Bill Close allow for the instruments to be architectural in scale. The complex patterns of strings are extensions of the architectural lines of the house and become an integral part of the visual experience. 




  1. Being a string player in my younger days, this project strikes a special cord with me…absolutely inspired

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