The Hostel for Traveling Musicians Embraces the Echo

 - Sep 8, 2011
References: teomanayas & suckerpunchdaily
Creating drama in architecture is more of a fine art than an endeavor for flamboyance. The Hostel for Traveling Musicians reveals a recognition of this, because despite its relatively stark street front, it's the carved out base that renders its impression quite spectacular.

With the rigid rectilinear walls of the flanking masses and the somewhat subdued geometric facade of the central slivered structure, the project hardly prepares its patrons for the dissolving pedestal below. The bleached building seems to teeter on two eroding points, as if the rushing water and winds of time have slowly swept out curvaceous cavities.

As a destination for the artistically inclined, the Hostel for Traveling Musicians is served well by this cavernous composition below. Teoman Ayas saw the soft stalactites as a way to turn the architecture into an echoing instrument.