“I have found among my papers a sheet . . . in which I call architecture frozen music.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I love music. It’s impossible to find an architect that has not, at some point, flipped on the radio or worn a set of headphones for musical inspiration while drawing. While you cannot freeze music, if it were possible to visualize music as a stable three-dimensional form, I agree that music would take the form of some spatial configuration. Scales, rhythm, harmony are just some of ways that architecture and music coincide.
Though architecture may be frozen in the 3rd dimension, it is the in the 4th dimension—time—that occupants experience architecture. It is then that the building can resonate. Whether it is the collapsed space of a headphones or the expansive space of a concert hall, music and sound are highly dependent on the space that they occupy. It’s as if architecture is sitting there, waiting for music.