Spatial Resonances

Year | 2015
Location | Sheffield, UK
Client |  Andrew Jackson, Sheffield Modernist Society 

Spatial Resonances was a collaboration between SSoA MArch and MAAD students and students from the MA in Composition and Sonic Arts from the Department of Music, for the Sheffield Modernist Society represented by Andrew Jackson.

Celebrating the rich history of Sheffield Modernism, the project produced a series of short films working within five iconic buildings. Together, the films weave a tapestry of the history and use of these buildings through avant-garde composition and unusual venues. A final documentary film was made for the launch party for Sheffield Modernist Society which included an overview of Sheffield Modernist heritage together our in depth studies of the five iconic buildings and composer commentaries.

Through the films, the architecture students and musicians tell stories of life, lost and found (Park Hill); of music as architectural intervention (the Arts Tower); of repurposing space for performance (the Husband Building); of abandonment and the beauty of decay (Hallam Tower); and of celebrating architectural space through dance (Castle House).

Additionally, the project produced a document recording the process in a coffee table book for the society. We also produced art cards and a walking map for the society with icons and information for each major building.

Through out the process the architecture students developed filming, producing and editing skills. Each of the five short films where produced individually within the five sub groups which consisted of two-three architecture students and one composer, this created five different readings of the spaces.

The collaboration allowed the roles of the architect and musician to merge creating a richer creative environment. As architecture students we brought an insight into the spatial detail that each space had to offer that may have been buried within the building, we aimed to highlight and celebrate these through the filming. The music students gave a second sensory perception to the spaces and celebrated this within their compositions. Together the collaboration was able to create a full synthesis of spatial resonances.


The Arts Tower


Castle House


Hallam Tower


Husband Building

  • Credits.

    School of Architecture.
    Hugh Armstrong
    Alexander Farr
    Rangika Fernandopulle
    Jonathan Gordon
    Sita Jobanputra
    Pinxi Liu
    Kate Nicholson
    Helene Offer Ohlsen
    Muyiwa Oki
    Lucy Parkinson
    Richard Webster
    Chencheng Xie
    Heng Yan

    Department of Music.
    Jonathan Higgins
    Jordan Platt
    Laura Clough
    Alex Gowan Webster
    Adam Young
  • Coordination.
    Carolyn Butterworth