One of the smartest people who ever lived, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, called architecture "frozen music." Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid had that in mind when she designed the spectacular J. S. Bach Chamber Music Hall, an undulating steel structure covered by a transparent fabric membrane that's specifically designed for solo chamber music performances.
Designed in the form of ribbons hovering above the stage and encircling the concert hall, Hadid created a fascinating visual representation of the intricate fugues of Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, whose music featured mathematically perfect passages, layering around each other and folding back into themselves. As Hadid describes her concert hall:
"The design enhances the multiplicity of Bach's work through a coherent integration of formal and structural logic. A single continuous ribbon of fabric swirls around itself, creating layered spaces to cocoon the performers and audience with in an intimate fluid space."
Now all Hadid has to do is find someone who is forward-thinking enough to actually construct such a work of art. Whether it's ever built or just remains as it is now — a model that's part of an art exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery — Bach would be proud to have his name associated with it.