INTER.ONE Tools for Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of architecture undergraduate students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg. Work at TFA aims to develop new experience driven design methods.

Tectonic Soundscapes: Space as a Musical Instrument


Just like with the Piano, where one key creates one sound, when creating electronic music, we are using pre existing sets, that we can then alter, tweak, and reorganise in order to create a piece of music.

Here is an image of the track I have created with a Producer in Logic Pro X

The Full track can be listened to here


General Plan of the Building designed based on the track. (1:200)

The track is exploded, and different parts of the track are played in each space, also influencing and dictating the postures created by the space. The building has now both become an instrument for creating music and for creating posture.


I have  visually simulated how the different parts would sound in these spaces depending on materiality and size of the space. which can be seen above. How do they react to the Acoustics of the space. It is an auditive walkthrough of the space from the entrance through to the Drop Part spaces, where we can hear the different parts of the drop that are feeding into the main space for. And ending with the room right below, playing “Cinema Strings”


Detailed Plan (1:75)



Two Parts Section


Scenario 2:

The space has morphed: meaning that the inhabitation has changed, so the music played in the space has also changed. Hence changing the overall dynamic of the song.

The music played in the space is a collection of sedative musical elements of the overall song, that are here feeding into the main space, creating a new song for the space itself, but also changing the main piece.

A new song has now been created


This video shows how some of the songs played in the space are reacting to the Acoustics of the spaces they are now being played into.



This is the New Song that has now been Created by the Tectonic Soundscape




Transitional Spaces. Textures on the ceiling are increased for absorbing sound in between rooms. The material is foam for its sound absorbing qualities and for it is also comfortable.



Middle room: Acoustically reflective material, large space. Here we experience sound reflection with dissonance and refraction with the sounds coming from the neighbouring spaces.



Original “drop space” designed for stimulative music. Acoustically reflective material with sound diffusers creates sound diffusion. Minimal furniture and dim lighting makes for a relaxing and laid back atmosphere and with the stimulative music creates an environment for partying and dancing.



The New Space. Same Acoustic qualities but different furniture so different inhabitation, meaning different music is played in the space. Lighting is dim but colour has changed. All this contributes to creating a new atmosphere.