Image: The Chapel of Sound Source: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

A Look inside OPEN Architecture’s Innovative Chapel of Sound

OPEN Architecture has revealed its latest awe-inspiring creation, a cavernous concert hall nestled into the mountains of Beijing known as The Chapel of Sound. Designed to give visitors both an optimised acoustic and a sensory journey of the natural landscape that it occupies, The Chapel of Sound offers a truly innovative architectural experience.

Image: The Chapel of Sound Source: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Taking inspiration from the landscapes and materials of the natural world, the concert hall is made from a mix of concrete and local mineral-rich rocks that result in a rocklike structure that seamlessly blends into the mountainous landscape it occupies. 

The choice to use natural materials is also connected to the designer’s interest in designing a meditative space. The rough materials and connection to the natural world are designed to inspire visitors to find a sense of peace within the structure, even at times when no concert is being performed. 

Image: The Chapel of Sound’s skylight Source: Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Image: The Chapel of Sound skylight Source: Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Image: Inside The Chapel of Sound Source: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

For this concert hall, the mountain’s natural symphony is just as important. With a specially designed inverted conical structure that cleverly optimises acoustics, the concert hall gives visitors the chance to heat the rain, wind and birds of the valley. Designed after a thorough investigation of the resonances of the human ear, the concert hall is designed to repel unwanted reverberations and absorb more desirable ambiences during musical performances. 

With a semi-outdoor amphitheatre, outdoor stage and viewing platforms, the concert hall is set to be more than just a musical experience. Inside, the Chapel of Sound is illuminated by a large skylight that directs the sunlight and shadows beautifully across the cavernous space. This is assisted by small apertures that are cut into the walls, giving visitors a unique view of the sky and surrounding landscapes.

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