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2017 National Architecture Awards: Small Project Architecture Commendation

The Piano Mill by Conrad Gargett Small Project Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

This outback “tower of song” sits among tall eucalypt trees, a rural Gothic folly of dark cladding and tall proportions. Within a structure that performs with smoke and dynamic levers emitting experimental music, sixteen old pianos garnered from the region have been granted a new lease on life. Jostled together on elevated balconies set around a three-storey void designed for hoisting the instruments into place, they resonate in the rich timbered interior. Part building, part musical instrument, part stage set and part mad invention, this intriguing project is its architect and his family’s gift to the music community of Australia.

For more coverage, read the article by Vanessa Tomlinson and Jocelyn Wolfe.

Credits

Architect
Conrad Gargett
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Project Team
Bruce Wolfe (design architect)
Consultants
Builder Nutide Constructions
Site details
Site type Rural
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Installations
Project Details
Status Built

Source

Award

Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: Marc Treble

Issue

Architecture Australia, November 2017

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