[LANZAROTE FRAME] Lanzarote Music Factory


Type: Competition [Finalist]


Date: 2017


Location: Lanzarote ,Spain


Project Team: Louis (Yi) Liu, Naiji Jiao, Xiru Chen

“For me it was the most beautiful place on Earth and I realised that if people could see it through my eyes, they'd think the same.”

-- César Manrique


The unique landscape of Lanzarote tells the story of its origin, where from earth and fire was the islands created. Beneath the surface of the lands, the heart of Lanzarote still beats in the form of volcanic activities.

The question that begs to be asked is then: what if this could all be captured within frame?

Where the cross-section of the landscape is architecture, and its heart is music. The pristine white walls reflecting local architecture would contrast greatly with the landscape that is captured; and through a frame in the wall, it is presented to its visitors. Under the slope of volcanic rocks, light shines through the earth, bringing light onto the beats and melodies of the pumping heart.


The landscape of Lanzarote tells of its unique birth from earth and fire. To this day, volcanoes are still under its surface.


The frame captures the landscape of Lanzarote, bringing it into the embrace of a decommissioned water tank.


In the form of architecture, the landscape is presented back to its visitors, becoming the backdrop of events that bring people together.


Under the slope and within the architecture, music replace lava in becoming the blood the runs makes the land alive.


Most of the existing structure is kept intact, this includes part of the vibrant colored water transmission pipe structure to the west side of the building.


The blue pipe viaduct will remind people the glorious history of the building as a hydraulic infrastructure.


The major renovations focus on the roof, the office extension, and the slope at the entrance. The large sloped roof provides enough ceiling height for the stage and lighting, as well as becoming an outdoor stage for viewers outside the entrance, and an amphitheater for people on the roof.


The first floor has a ticket counter, locker area for storaging bags, public toilets, a large rehearsal room, dressing rooms for performers, office rooms, a storage room, and a large stage for indoor performances. The warehouse now houses all the utilities necessary to run the building.


The second floor contains a booth for sound and lighting controls, four music rehearsal and recording studios, as well as access to the sloped roof.


To reduce the dependence on external materials, this project seeks to incorporate local materials in the construction, including locally generated concrete for majority of the walls, as well as red lava stones for the roof cladding.




The multi-functional sloped roof creates THREE types of performance spaces: OUTDOOR, INDOOR, and ROOFTOP stages. By transforming the roof into an outdoor performance stage, the outdoor space in front of the building can be utilized for big music events.


The inclined rooftop allows skylight into the interior, all the while acting as an rooftop amphitheater. Moreover,it defines a dynamic indoor performance space, where its supporting structure allows for further intervention.




According to an earlier report on  construction materials on Lanzarote,  approximately 83% by weight of the materials used in the construction of buildings comes from the island itself. But recently, there is a growing concern about the impact of construction on the island’s environment.


To reduce the dependence on external materials, this project seeks to incorporate local materials in the construction, including locally generated concrete for majority of the walls, as well as red lava stones for the roof cladding.



The majority of walls in this project are built with cast-in-place concrete. Concrete are produced largely using the island’s own resources. As a major construction material used on the island, they are easy to obtain and need very little maintenance.




Applied as the roof cladding material, red lava stone is lightweight and naturally weather resistant and does not erode under foot traffic or float away with heavy rainfall.  Apart from being slip-resistant and sound absorbent, it is also uniform in color and elegant in appearance, blending harmoniously into the surrounding landscape.




Used mostly on the ceiling of the indoor performance area, as well as in the recording studios. The perforated aluminum panels are lightweight, extremely stable, and sound absorbent.  Making it an ideal material for playing music.   Aluminum is also fully recyclable, and easy to  transport.


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