Musitecture: Musical Space, Spatial Music. Sonorous Thresholds in Time-Space Intersections

  • Gerard Guerra LópezEmail author
Part of the Numanities - Arts and Humanities in Progress book series (NAHP, volume 2)


The aim of this article is to share the author’s inquisitive interest in architecture and music correlations, focusing on their aesthetic, interpretive and pedagogical implications. A symbiosis between both fields could suppose the dawn of the interdisciplinary Numanities: Musitecture. The architectural distinction between content and container, such as Louis Kahn’s form and design, draws challenging analogies with musical meanings and signifiers, according to a semiotic approach. While architecture’s raw material is space, music builds with time—both dimensions often overlapped as exposed by the theory of relativity. Thus, space is temporal; time, spatial. Musitecture introduces spatiality into musical time and temporality into space perception. Focusing on El Albaicín by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, the article depicts a constructive principle latent in both disciplines: contrast between opposites, conflict as the inner creative spark of an architectural place or a musical discourse. Interaction turns into a masked opportunity where thresholds become a fertile land for ambiguous and complex mélanges, in which an organic discourse can grow out of its intrinsic parts—organs. Motion, momentum, ecstatic, static, hypotactic, paratactic, temporal, timeless are results of a musitectonic approach through spatial temporality and narrative.


Musical Sign Servant Space Constructive Principle Semiotic Approach Musical Time 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Escola Superior de música de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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