Studio 2018

“When I was 20, Höene-Wronsky’s definition of music was probably what first started me thinking of music as spatial – as bodies of intelligent sounds moving freely in space…”     

- Edgard Varèse

The composer Edgard Varèse, one of the most important and original of modern times, was born in Paris but spent the greater part of his life in New York City.  The hypothesis for this studio project is to design a 13,750 sqf Center for Music and the Arts to hold the Varèse Archives, a library, and serve as a catalyst for young emerging composers and artists in all media. The site for the Center is proposed on the corner of Sullivan and Houston Street, only a block from Varèse’s former residence at 188 Sullivan Street.