The music of Edgard Varèse is described as organized music, a concept he developed, which refers to the grouping of certain timbres and rhythms to create new definitions of music. Intégrales, one of Varèse’s masterpieces is analyzed to create an architectural concept for a recreational pavilion.


Motif Sonar Masses Tempo


  • Intégrales contains a very perceptible motif that represents the datum of the composition. It is expressed as an inexact repetition and it suffers different types of transformations: reduction, elongation, metric displacement, re-orchestration, etc.
  • The sonar masses represent the polyphony of the composition. Sounds are divided in three groups: wood, bronze, and percussion. Each of these contain differ in characteristics such as: interval, registry, contour, timbre, dynamic, and attack.
  • The tempo varies constantly from measure to measure and marks specific events in the composition. The changes add a natural spatial dimension. Tempo vs sonar masses represent Space vs Time.
  • A synthesis illustrates all elements: the poly-linear sequence of the motif, the sonar imposition of the masses, and the variations of tempo metric.

An architectural abstraction is drawn as three groups of masses with different form and scale that travel through space in different directions. These masses collide and overlap, creating diverse events.

The pavilion is located in the threshold of a vegetated area and a small lake. With a variety of  materials (steel, wood, and concrete), it conform a lake side pier containing a series of structural masses that transform and disintegrate as it approaches the water. The sunlight hits the masses and creates diverse shadows that resemble the motif, which will be dynamically interrupted with the figures of the visitors.

Architectural Abstraction

Floor Plan

Designed by Carlos Vigo