Milan – Glass specialist AGC and Japanese architect Moutosuke Mandai collaboration at Milan Salone 2018 celebrates a new material: sound-generating glass.
The material, currently under development at AGC, uses a new type of laminated glass that has been manufactured to emit clear sound rather have the usual characteristics of glass such as resonance and reverberations.
Soundscape features shards of glass suspended from the ceiling by metal rods. Each shard emits different sounds from nature, such as water droplets or rustling leaves. As users walk through the space, they experience a multi-layered auditory experience, where sounds can be sensed differently depending on where they are located in the exhibit.
The installation presents a glimpse into the possibilities that the glass offers as an auditory materialm especially in the landscape of a future city.
For more on Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2018, look for our forthcoming material innovation debrief.