Rhythm vs Melody

Awards: Benjamin T. Rome Competition Studio Award, first place.

The assignment for this project was to design a music complex for Washington, D.C. complete with indoor and outdoor concert venues, music education areas, clubs, and commercial space. To develop this concept I chose to break music down into its two most basic elements, rhythm and melody. From there it became necessary to translate the musical elements of rhythm and melody into architecture. How to do this became apparent after exploring what function both rhythm and melody play in music. Rhythm is the strong element that holds the music together and melody is the softer element that holds our attention and links one piece to another. Therefore, when translated to architecture, rhythm is represented with solid walls and ridged form while melody is represented with flowing forms that guide us between the ridged forms.