It is the endless juxtaposition of old and new that makes cities thrive in intrigue. It is this same juxtaposition that engulfs the fundamental design of this building. The craft of luthiery and music is rooted in the beginning of time. It's value never waivers, yet still adapts to the cultural journey through time. This ancient craft is similar to the craft and value of wood in our everyday lives. It's presence continually adapts. This relationship of wood, luthiery and time is personified in the design.
The tactle characteristics of wood surround the user in an experience bringing them back to the ancient use of both timber construction and the craft of music. The visitors to the retail shop are enveloped in a carved room of wood, and able to watch the lutiers at work. A void carves the space to create an outdoor performance garden activating a richly pedestrianized alleyway. Light filters through insulated channel glass into the retail space and into a second void, filtering through the housing units. This void becomes a method for stack ventilation with operable openings in access to residents.