GAZ Arquitectos were recently announced as the winners of the headquarters design for the Higher School of Music in Basque Country in San Sebastián, Spain. The proposal, entitled Muskiene, compiles a dense program in a relatively small site, causing the volumes to almost exceed local regulations.
More about Muskiene and more images after the break.
Within the music hall, several classrooms line the façade of the building, stretching the form length wise to allow natural light to illuminate all the spaces. The placement of the classrooms create a distinct form as three big incisions seem to carve and sculpt the main mass. While the protruding faces of the incisions are clad in the same black aluminium as the rest of the building, the inside cuts are golden glass panels chosen to symbolize a musical instrument. The glass panels emphasize the interior volume which holds the "golden core" of that wing, the auditorium. The panels aim to attract visitors to the Musikene headquarters and create an identity for the music hall.