Nature in its infinite complexity is breathtaking. Through evolution nature has adapted the use of colors and interesting shapes to mediate messages about itself. Bright colors on birds attract mating partners, while vibrant colors on mushrooms or bugs signal danger. In many a case these two media act together to display a spectacular show for the opposite sex. Take the Wilsons bird of paradise for example. Its feathers are colorful and intriguing as themselves, but when mating, the color and the shape of the bird changes as it dances and sings for its partner. The display the small bird puts on is mesmerizing, and that display signals something to its future mating partner.
An adaptation of vibrant colors in the field of architecture signals something about the building. Like a bird on a hunt for food notices a colorful bug in the greenscape or puts on a display to attract a mate, so too do we humans tend to notice when something in our cityscape differ from its usual dullness. A concert hall needs to stand out from its context. The need for this stems from the bird analogy, something special is going on here.
Nature is a master of construction as well. As with the colors, so too has natures ability of engineering itself into complex forms generated over time with the help of evolution. The mandelbrot set can for example be found in nature frequently, for example in seashells to establish the strongest structure. Us humans, can build complex forms as well. But a tendency for cost-efficiency in the building sector tends to limit the shapes and materiality of architecture. With future advances being made in the field of construction by 3D-printing buildings a new era could arise. The dullness of “simple” forms might be a thing of the past as our ability of constructing architecture evolves.
The Oddity is a concert hall that through its architecture explores the core of these phenomena. The Oddity mimics nature in a way that would be demanding to engineer, and it certainly sticks out of its context regarding both shape and color. And that is the way it should be. The music created and performed in a concert hall is something out of the ordinary, it is something that challenges us, something that triggers emotions and takes us for a brief moment of time away from the ordinare. Shouldn’t the architecture of the building then, signal exactly this?