The video series features innovative buildings around the world and the architects behind them. It explores building design in the context of location, impact, purpose and new technologies.
‘Frozen Music’ is named after the inspirational phrase ‘architecture is frozen music’, which was made popular by authors such as Wolfgang von Goethe.
Each of the three-minute videos demonstrates how thoughtful design and the use of technology creates a smarter and more sustainable environment, whilst supporting our lifestyles.
“Architects play a significant role in the creation of our habitats through building design,” said Katrin Foerster, ABB’s International Key Account Manager for Architects and the presenter of the videos. “Each video focuses on a special project and the creative mind behind it. They will be of great interest to not only architects and designers, but also everyone who is interested in good design. This will appeal to planners, developers, hoteliers and everyone working in the construction and design industry, both clients and end-users.”
The first video in the ‘Frozen Music’ series highlights Darcie’s Mews, a brownfield redevelopment project in the heart of a conservation area in London, designed by architect Alan Crawford of the Crawford Partnership.
Previously home to a strip of 35 garages on a long and narrow piece of land, Darcie’s Mews was transformed into Crawford’s modern interpretation of a traditional mews development. Mews are narrow streets throughout London that run behind main roads and are historically lined with cobblestones.
The video reviews the creation of the structure within the conservation area and how it integrates into the existing community style, creating harmony with neighbouring trees and garden areas.
Besides incorporating natural wood cladding, living green roofs, and solar panels, Alan Crawford also included ABB-free@home smart technology in each house, providing energy efficient control of lighting, ventilation, heating, and door entry via mobile device or voice command.
For home, office, hotel, airport or hospital, celebrating the architects of spaces that are intelligent, attractive, and environmentally friendly while supporting purpose of use and enhancing quality of life for residents is at the heart of ABB’s ‘Frozen Music’ video series.