We are not going in circles, we are going upwards.
The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.
-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
A concert is a feast; where an anonymous audience comes together to dance without moving, sing without singing and dream their own dreams to the same sonic script. A concert hall must be contained, open inward but closed off from the outside, in order to fill itself with exuberant visual and acoustic energy. Nonetheless, as a civic building, the Barbican Centre demands openness to the adjacent community to remain actively inviting. Enabling contrasting qualities on the same site required a collision of two tectonic languages coming from different scales; one at the concert scale and the other at the urban scale. The project developed into a study of how these two conditions meet, how they relate, and how to transition between them.