The Urban stage: The Baroque Octopus
The Initial Aspiration for the Project was that of a Baroque Octopus, a diagrammatic
Image that was derived from both an Idea relating to an attitude to the type of public
building that I wished to create. But also of an attitude to both Bath as a Neoclassical
City, and a general attitude to Urbanism which I deem important to an insertion especially
one as large within a constricted and Historic City. The Importance of this one
image to my project were undeniable. My original inception was of a public building
that was highly permeable but engaged the passer-by at a human level as well as having
sufficient Civic scale necessary within a Concert Hall. The Tendrils of the octopus
were manifest in a desire to integrate vital routes and views down towards Various
local landmarks particularly Bath Abbey and St. Michaels Church.
The Quotations that also followed the progress were more specifically and more directly
pinning down attitudes to the type of building that I wanted to create.
THE CITY IS AN AUDITORIUM FOR SOCIAL RITUAL WITH THE PUBLIC
SPACE ITS STAGE AND THE PUBLIC BUILDING IT SCENEOGRAPHY.
BOTH ARCHITECTURE AND MUSIC ARE FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN NEEDS.
THE EXPERIENTIAL DESIRE TO CONNECT WITH ART, PLACE AND SPACE AS
WELL AS OTHER PEOPLE.
MUSICIANS CONVEY NOTIONS WITH THE PASSAGE OF SOUND OVER TIME.
ARCHITECTURE DO THE SAME BUT WITH THE MOVEMENT THROUGH SPACE
WITHIN THE CHAOS OF THE MODERN WORLD BOTH THE PUBLIC SPACE
AND THE STAGE ARE ORDERING ELEMENTS, WHERE IDEAS ARE EXCHANGED,
AND THE ZEITGEIST OF THE AGE DEFINED; IN A SERIES OF DIALOGUES BETWEEN
THE PERFORMERS AND THE SPECTATORS. THE EXTROVERT AND