Sound of Wind chapel is an independent structure adjoining the main Setre Hotel building, located by the shore of Lake Biwa.
大自然是人类力量和理解力所不能及的神圣奥秘，特别是在琵琶湖旁，这种力量促使设计师们不得不以自然为元素进行设计，项目成为 "捕捉 "大自然的人工制品。因此，建筑造型就像一个乐器，汲取湖面的风，并将其转化为声音；通过使用艾欧里亚竖琴的形式，向希腊神话中的风神艾欧勒斯致敬，温和的空间与湖面的声音遥相呼应，使得建筑成为一种根据风速而改变音色的建筑乐器。
Nature is a divine mystery beyond human power and understanding, the strong presence of which, beside Lake Biwa, compelled the creation of a design to honor it; the chapel becomes an artefact for “catching” nature. As a result, the building shape acts as a musical instrument that draws on winds from the lake and turns them into sounds; through the use of an Aeolian harp. A tribute to the mythical Greek God of Wind, Aeolus. A gentle space that echoes the lake sounds, a building instrument that changes its tone depending on the wind speed.
In contemporary society, full of rationality, Architecture has the possibility of creating a story that awakens human sensitivity, reconnecting with our own selves with the present moment and location. The combination of solar energy in the mountain ranges affecting the wind ﬂow over the lake shore is manifested in this instrument. It is as if the God of wind smiled while playing the Sound of Wind.
Thanks to the combination of an aesthetic feeling and scientiﬁc design, this place provides visitors with a sensory experience. When attending a ceremony in the chapel, visitors can appreciate nature in its full extent. The building is, musical architecture that sings with the ﬂow of nature.
Inside the chapel a series of 0.72 mm SUS wires are placed; when the air ﬂows over them, they resonate similar to the strings of a harp, producing a beautiful sound. The speed of wind can be altered by a set of apertures at the east and west side of the building. These apertures can be operated, altering the tone of the sounds.
A comprehensive analysis of the exterior shape, the interior space, as well as the direction, speed and frequency of winds was undertaken in the development of the project. Three hundred different computational ﬂuid dynamic simulations were analysed to reﬁne the building shape, and several mock-ups were built in order to assess the wind ﬂ ow inside the space. After this iterative design process, and once the basic shape had settled, a 1:10 scale mock-up was tested both in a wind tunnel and on the project site. The whole process being carried out in close collaboration with sound artisans, and specialists in the ﬁeld of wind music instruments.
项目名称：Sound of Wind
设计单位：Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects & associates
项目地点：日本 滋贺县 森山市
照明设计：Izumi Okayasu(Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design)
工程力学：Eiji Sato(ES associates),
Project name: Sound of Wind
Company name: Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects & associates
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project location: Moriyama City, Shiga, Japan
Completion Year: 2013
Building area (m²): 204.87㎡
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Inada Junichi(WIN),
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Izumi Okayasu(Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design)
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Eiji Sato(ES associates),
Sound of wind Acoustic design cooperation: Kousuke Nakagawa
Construction: TODA Corporation
Photo credits: ©Kaori Ichikawa