1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France ©RPBW
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France Ph. Michel Denancé
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France Ph. Michel Denancé
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France Ph. Michel Denancé
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France Ph. Gianni Berengo Gardin
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France Ph. Gianni Berengo Gardin
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France Ph. Gianni Berengo Gardin
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France Ph. Gianni Berengo Gardin
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France Ph. Gianni Berengo Gardin
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France Ph. Michel Denancé
1973-1990

Ircam

Paris, France

The Ircam (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), institute for musical research, a collaboration between scientists and musicians, is a ‘musical instrument on an urban scale’.

Inaugurated in 1978 as part of the Centre Pompidou development, the Ircam was entirely underground, three levels of highly flexible spaces to facilitate research and experimentation.

The ceilings, floors and walls are all mobile so that volume and acoustics for musical performances can be modified.

In 1990, RPBW added a six-storey tower for the institute’s offices, giving the hidden building a visual presence and relationship to the Pompidou Centre opposite.

Credits

Phase Two : 1988-90


Client: Ministry of Culture, Centre Georges Pompidou, IRCAM
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects

Design team: N.Okabe, P.Vincent (partners in charge), J.Lelay with F.Canal, A.O’Carroll, J.L.Chassais, N.Prouvé and O.Doizy, J.Y.Richard (models)

Consultants: AXE IB (structure and services); GEC Ingénierie (cost control); GEMO (project co-ordination).

Phase One : 1971-77


Client: Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of National Education
Studio Piano & Rogers, architects

Design team: R.Piano, R.Rogers, G.F.Franchini (competition, program, interiors) with M.Davies, N.Okabe, K.Rupard, J.Sircus, W.Zbinden

Consultants: Ove Arup & Partners (structure and services); M.Espinoza (cost control)

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