The house is the instrument

On a Northern Lake Michigan beach, architect David Hanawalt and Sonic Installation artist Bill Close have teamed up to create the Wege House which explores the creation of architecture as musical instruments.


In the house, stringed instruments have been built into and onto the architecture itself. To play, visitors have to put on a cotton glove that has rosin powder on the fingers (to keep natural oils off the strings). When two fingers pinch the string and run along, it creates a compression wave within the material of the string. The fingers push the vibration along in a similar manner that one might create tone by running their finger around the edge of a glass. The action produces tones akin to cello or viola.

Via Ektopia.