Musician will help create new house in stoke Newington inspired by piano piece

11:59 01 January 2014

A mock-up of what Vex will look like in Maury Road, Stoke Newington

A mock-up of what Vex will look like in Maury Road, Stoke Newington


»A unique collaboration between an architect firm and a musician will see the creation of a pioneering house with a design inspired by classical music.

The curved house, replacing derelict garages in Maury Road, Stoke Newington, is inspired by a piece of music called Vexations by Erik Satie and was conceived by architects Chance de Silva.

The house, which will be sold, will be called Vex after Satie’s work and its circular looping structure reflects the repetition in his piano music.

Meanwhile, electronic musician Scanner will be composing a piece of music which can be heard throughout the house after it is constructed.

Celebrated art exhibition Venice Biennale has already approached the pair to ask if they will take part in a show, with photos documenting their project.

Partner Stephen Chance, of Chance de Silva in Blackstock Mews, Finsbury Park, said: “We were approached by friends in Hackney who told us about the garages. We had been looking for somewhere for quite a while.”

It is the first building the company has built or designed in Hackney.

Mr Chance added: “This is ideal for Hackney, as it has a reputation for having a lot of artistic types and being a groovy neighbourhood.

“We do a lot of collaborations and in the past have worked with choreographers and film-makers. We find it enjoyable, but it’s the first time we’ve worked with a musician.”

Scanner said: “The Vex collaboration is very exciting. I’m using software that displays a photo of the sound, rather like a scan of an unborn baby, but it offers a detailed topological map of the sound in 2D or 3D.

“I’m putting the music and sounds through this to create shapes, designs and patterns that can incorporated in the final physical design, so even the concrete pattern will be influenced by the sound.

“I’m taking the original piece of music by Erik Satie, which was to last 18 hours, and playing around with the harmonies and melodies, stretching it, seeing what is possible digitally and composing something that will always live inside the house, but can be switched on and off. It’s going to be a case of fine-tuning the music to the frequency of the building.”

Mr Chance said he hoped the public would get to view the finished work at an Open House event.

He is unsure of how much the building will cost, saying: “It won’t be cheap because of the curves and all the concrete.”

It’s not the first time the firm has worked on developing unique homes – it previously built a steel clad house in Whistler Street and a copper-covered one in Elfort Road – both in Islington.


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