When we first started working with on the Burrard & Nelson residential project our client’s only direction was to: ‘Take my breath away’. For us, this was an inspirational challenge.
From the beginning of our creative process, we sought to create a building that would touch people, their perceptions and experiences; we wanted to go beyond form and function. Throughout our design we aimed to incorporate a connection to the nature and its constant change, a feeling of movement. With each space we aimed to create an ever-evolving environment that would change with the time of the day and the seasons. In a search of new experiences, we wanted to create an atmosphere that would influence emotions and spark inspiration.
When given the task of designing a piano for the lobby of the Burrard & Nelson project, Venelin Kokalov, the firm’s Design Principal wanted to approach the design for the piano in the same way we approach the design of our buildings. Whether it is a tower or a piano, we see our designs as the framework around which personal experiences are formed. We attempt to evoke the human spirit, in recognition that our designs can only be as good as the experiences and interactions they inspire.
With our piano design, we sought to capture the same experiential qualities inherent in the design of the tower itself. The lightness of the legs and rails echo the open garden breezeways, while its delicately sculpted geometry recalls the soft undulations of the tower’s skin, abstracted from the surrounding landscapes.
We see our piano as an empty vessel, one that both reflects and befits its space but that is also free to be titled by each individual, with every encounter. We invite the pianist to sculpt their audience’s perception of the design with each performance, and hope every listener will freely attach their own associations to the piano as the music plays.
The construction of the Butterfly Piano’s intricate casework and leg assemblies. Photo: The Collective You