As a musical instrument, resonance is a key function.
This is achieved with a stiff structure and an external slightly dampened membrane skin (ply and copper). Adjustable vents operated by large timber levers allow the building to be “tuned”, and so the architecture becomes the performer. Image projection is also used to allow the action inside to be adequately relayed to the audience outside.
Situated in a glade where a number of existing eucalypts form a rough circle around the footprint, there are four points where it touches the ground, and the platform under the Mill is finished with granite deco from the site. The slender nature of the instrument is further acknowledgement of the surrounding eucalypt forest. All energy is supplied by a combination of solar panels and wind turbines. In performance mode, the Piano Mill draws power from a battery bank (recharged by solar and wind) for three data projectors, a smoke machine, and 16 LED downlights.
World Architecture Festival
Culture - Category Winner