Connect with music - A music therapy centre

Examensarbete för masterexamen
Martinsson, Åsa
Music therapy has an underused potential in society. It combines music with healthcare in order to create a unique form of therapy. It can help a variety of people with their health in a non-intrusive way and help them create connections with others and to themselves. In Sweden it is mostly used in combination with other facilities, such as schools and medical buildings. The environment is therefore often not adapted for it. In this thesis I will investigate how architecture can enable users of music therapy to express themselves in relation to music therapy. How can architecture adapt to and enhance the functions of music therapy in order to form a new typology for a music therapy centre? What elements in architecture can give users a way to express themselves in relation to music therapy? Literature studies of relevant topics have been used as a base for understanding music therapy, its users and how architecture can work with creating healing environments. Acoustic qualities have been investigated by looking at music-focused references. The design was explored by sketching and making models in an iterative process focusing on sequences, functions and atmospheres. This has resulted in a music therapy centre located near the centre of a small town in western Sweden. The architecture aims to promote well being for its target groups and strengthen the effects of the therapy. Different translations of music therapy into architecture has been made as a new way of approaching architecture for music therapy. Different acoustic spaces have been used to increase interest for music and to invite the people to use the building. This thesis aspires to find a new form of typology for creating architecture for music therapy. It also aims to show the benefits of an increased presence of it in today’s society.
Music therapy, acoustics, music therapy centre
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