In 2001 hMa submitted the above design to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and to the town of Ojai, after Victoria Meyers architect was hired to redesign the existing Ojai Festival Pavilion, by Ernest Fleischmann, then CEO of the organization. The design, shown above, was revolutionary in that the structure was designed to allow sound to bend around the pavilion walls. The curved wall of the pavilion was created in response to trees on the site, as the town of Ojai has laws against removing existing trees. The idea for 'bent sound' followed the development of the pavilion's shape necessitated by site conditioms.
hMa's pavilion had a unique curved design that would allow experimental 'bent sound' pieces to be performed. The pavilion included a wall at the rear of the stage, allowing for conventional performances as well as experimental sound explorations.
Victoria will be featuring her design for Ojai Pavilion in her upcoming book, 'shape of sound'. Since 2000, Victoria has collaborated on sound projects with sound artist Michael Schumacher, who wrote the score, 'WaTER', inscribed on the facade of DWi-P, hMa's latest building, scheduled to open in November 2012 in Battery Park City's North Neighborhood.
For more information about the Ojai project, please visit hMa's website: www.hanrahanMeyers.com.