Oak panels are valued for their acoustic properties, as this House of Music shows


The House of Music of Pieve di Cento in Bologna has two purposes: Promoting concerts and music education in the city.

The building consists of nine small circular music laboratories, linked by a “piazza” that is a space for interaction, as well as serves as an area for ensemble music and small rehearsals.

The architecture is inspired by musical instruments, including the oak paneling façade which wraps the exterior and interior and permits – as in the bodies of the instruments – the containment and amplification of sound.

Inside, the ventilated facade cladding, formed with curved oak slats, guarantees excellent energy performance and gives the building a striking architectural quality.

Images: Mario Cucinella Architects