Architecture has always been associated with the visual arts, engineering, and science, but can architecture be linked to the intangible, sensual arts? Of course, you will think that this is impossible, so it is unreasonable to connect the physical side with any relationship.

But could there be any link between architecture and music?

The answer to this question is philosophical. The connection of architecture in music is like the connection of the soul with the body. Without a soul, the body dies and without sensual arts, architecture dies. When we study architecture, we find many things in common between music and architecture; for example, there are basic rules in architecture that are the same basic rules in music. We see this great similarity between them.

“When I see the architecture that moves me, I hear music in my ears,” Frank Lloyd Wright

When we see the architectural composition, we feel this harmony and vitality in the building, such as the music that makes us feel alive. Naturalization and harmony are the two main elements in architecture and music together and have the same artistic characteristics.

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The sound shows its importance in the presence of silence, and the influence of the place appears in the presence of the emptiness, so we cannot live my life without multiple spaces through which we move for recreation and entertainment for ourselves, as well as music. The presence of silent moments has a beautiful effect on the listener’s ear and creates an atmosphere of vitality in the prestige. [1]


So there are many similarities, such as patterns and design strategies, for example, he uses rhythms in design as musical rhythms, for example, the musical repetition model in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and the repetition models in architecture are very similar, the one in the picture:

“Music is fluid architecture, architecture is frozen music,” Goethe said

In this picture, we notice the repetition and similarity of the musical notes, which is Beethoven's wonderful eighth symphony, the Mozart clip.

On the architectural side, we notice the repetition of some elements, so when you see them as if you see a piece of a musical symphony in which the element of repetition is similar as the following image:

In this picture of the Sydney Opera, we see this wonderful repetition of curves and with a beautiful tone from smaller to larger and bigger, and its reflection and repetition again.

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There are other patterns, such as harmony, that it is similar to repetition, but it contains foundations related to changing shapes and repeating them in an almost regular manner, such as the shape in the following picture:

In this building, you feel as if it was dancing with a beautiful melody in harmony with the rhythm, and you feel. Every block changed with the change of the rhythm of the music with a different feel and as if it was not present because the building danced with the music and musical notes.

We see in another part of the eighth symphony of Ptahofen, in another part, this pattern

There are many similar characteristics with architecture and music, and this similarity means a lot to both parties, so music develops with architecture and the arts, and vice versa as well.

And we can find many things in music embodied by architecture, which makes architecture this high and sublime sense for the viewer and even the architect.

Guitar Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Image Credit:

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[1] Mohammed Abdullateif, Posted on (25/01/2017), "On architecture and music", Retrieved:(11/8/2020)