Language symphony is Lissoni Architettura‘s proposal for an iconic museum in London that will celebrate, curate and spread the languages of the world. Using multiple elements, technological instruments project thousands of commonly used symbols that create a new movement, an evolution, determining a collective system. The innovative building transforms universality into intimacy to re-establish language as a cognitive and conscious means of global communication.
‘By hand and by mouth, we produce a global babel that gives form and substance to thoughts, uniting everyone under one roof where we all share experiences that pass through language, images and technology,’ Lissoni Architettura (Piero Lissoni with Joao Silva and Gianluca Sorteni) mentions. Part of an international competition by Archasm, language symphony is a centre of a new global community where the deconstruction of language can be lived, a cultural heritage can be remembered and new forms of relationships can be fostered. Using various symbols that define an experiential process, the building interacts with its visitors, challenging them, delving into their memories to teach of a future and to take them far from a time in which virtual reality almost precludes any visual or sensorial experience of language. Hidden from the city, the project links to the symbols and defines an experience where sensorial islands welcome people speaking all the languages of the world, enabling them to establish a contact with their own history, their own future, the city, producing and actuating a new language.
The competition demanded a stimulating and exciting approach towards the design of an iconic museum in London that would celebrate, curate and spread the languages of the world and deconstruct the science of linguistics into various aspects of-speech, script and sense. The proposals were a beaming example of innovation and fulfilled the expectations from an ideas’ competition. All the participants showed a breathtaking level of creativity and extraordinary approaches in designing a new museum typology.