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Faculty of Music’s Photo Archives

Design flexibility and modularity

The main requirement is to provide long-term flexibility and modularity of space through architectural design. The new building of the Faculty of Music is expected to be designed in such a way that, with some minor interventions related to the partitioning of the rooms, it is possible to adapt and modify the rooms intended for certain departments, study programmes and streams. Education is a vivid and variable process, which is constantly adapted to the development of art disciplines, the needs of society and international guidelines. The entire system of communications, installations and other service elements of the building should be designed as independently and generally as possible, so that the contents section of the building can be processed relatively freely and adapted to changes in the contents. The specialized premises, which, due to complex installations, accesses or other software requirements, should be technically equipped, ought not to represent an obstacle in the potential transformation process.

The partitioning system design and the separation of individual rooms, despite the expected flexibility, need to provide an exceptional sound protection. Changes in the building’s structure are expected to occur during a 15-20 years’ cycle so no short-term (and financially demanding) flexibility at the level of the basic programme organization is required.

Public Accessibility

Certain parts of the Faculty of Music’s building should be accessible to public as much as possible. With its image, internal organization and external surfaces, the building should provide the organization of regular and additional activities and events that are also accessible to public with a view to promotion of culture or marketing activities. External visitors should be able to access the building independently, so it is important that the spaces intended for wide access be reasonably and logically accommodated. Wide access is mostly intended for:

the big concert hall, the chamber halls, the ballet hall, the café, the library, the phono archives, the common premises

in the company of the staff, and also to the exercise rooms, where, besides studies, marketing activities are conducted as well. The programme schedule should also take into account a possible division of the  building into several operative and functional units, which are taken into account when evening events are organized.


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Faculty of Music’s Photo Archives

Creative Area Concept

The Faculty of Music’s building is aimed at promoting creativity and that refers both to the building as a whole and to its individual rooms. That does not happen in specialized rooms - studies and workshops only, but also in all the other rooms in which students stay during the day. The café, the library, the communications, the cloakroom and other premises should be designed in such a way as to enable informal interviews, the exchange of ideas and the demonstration of work of all the Faculty’s departments.

Teaching Process Presentation

The downtown location and the contact with the public enable the Faculty of Music to directly transfer its work, creativity and mission through appropriate areas adapted to the public. The building should properly communicate with the environment, but one should ensure that the presentation of the contents is meaningful and controlled. The presentation of works of art is a constituent part of the teaching process, so it is important that the areas be defined so to offer as open a platform as possible, which can be used innovatively for presentation. In that sense and in the process of the design of a new section, one should envisage the model of public accessibility of the teaching process and the work results, through public space design or by occasionally opening exercise rooms to the public.