Xylophone Pavilion, creating music as we play

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The London Festival of Architecture is always a great event to discover new architecture studios and their ephemeral installations. This year, London Architecture studio pH+ has designed Xylophone Pavilion, a temporary structure whose walls are covered in copper pipes, allowing the building to act as a huge xylophone.

Xylophone Pavilion aims to go beyond the experience of playing to create music

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Located in Peninsula Square, Greenwich, Xylophone Pavilion has been designed for  London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (LCCCP), where it will be relocated when the Festival ends. As it is a school that teaches children suffering from motor disorders how to develop and apply physical skills, the architects where researching how was the best way to integrate sound, smell, movement and reflection in the pavilion. So that, children are allowed to strike the walls with some small mallets and go along the interior path of the pavilion making music. 

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Copper pipes mounted onto wooden slats form the wave appareance of Xylophone Pavilion, also named The Milkshake Tree, by the children.  Finally, a golden cube with leaf-shaped openings wraps an Amelanchier tree and a kaleidoscope prism of concealed glass in which children enjoy colours and light.

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Photography is by Paul Raftery.

 

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