A Museum of Musical Instruments

Christopher Paxton (website)
University of Bath
Final Year Design Project
Faculty: Anne Claxton (website)


A proposal for a new museum of musical instruments in Bath, UK. The project examines three separate notions of sound; noise, music, negative music – silence. These notions are manifested as three building elements:

Incidental Soundscape – The city soundscape is extended into the building across an articulated ground plane. It is a sounding board for noises – conversation, movement, everyday sounds, singing and musical performance.

Musical Display – The visual exhibition of instruments and their sound. Its arrangement into sets defines a vertical rhythm that is displayed to the city as an elevated visual set piece.

Lacuna – The ground plane rises upwards to surround a negative void – a gap, an extended period of silence within the building.


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