The biennial Design Prize Switzerland has awarded ALICE epfl/enac/ia/alice (Dieter Dietz, Olivier Ottevaere, Charlotte Erckrath, Lukas Lenherr, Tibo Smith) and Interaction Design EPFL + ECAL LAB (Nicolas Henchoz, Cem Sever, Daniel Tamburino) the Market – Interior award for the Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab, a specially constructed modular room to experience recordings “with total visual and acoustic authenticity”.
“The famous Montreux Jazz Festival has been capturing the concerts that take place under its auspices in both audio and video recordings for many decades, so preserving them for future generations.” says Design Prize Switzerland. “The Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab (MJHL) is a specially constructed modular room. It has been created to give visitors wishing to consult the concert archives, which now exist in digital form, the opportunity of experiencing these recordings with total visual and acoustic authenticity.”
“The curved projection screen has been inspired by the trompe l‘oeil effect which the Baroque era used with such virtuosity. It gives the viewer the illusion of being physically present and in the thick of things. Acoustic considerations were an important factor in planning the geometry of the MJHL and in the choice of materials. With a view to allowing a wider audience as well to enjoy the concert experience, the side partition of the room is designed as a door and can be opened out completely.”
Said the jury, “Everything has been aimed at maximising the intense authenticity of the experience of the concert recordings – both visually and in terms of the sound technology. Designed to suggest a cocoon, the room encourages visitors to give their concentrated attention to the archive materials. At the same time, the form of the room gives the energy of the music the best possible expression.”