A Piano-Violin House for Giants

A building that cries out for music Designed by the architectural faculty of Hefey University of Technology of Huainan in China, this building — surprisingly not a concert hall — has a violin-shaped entrance, and an escalator leading visitors into the "grand piano" of the bulk of the building.

Made of black and transparent glass, piano and violin have been built to a scale of 50:1. Inside, disappointingly, are displays of "various city plans and development prospects in an effort to draw interest into the recently developed area."

Gushes the guide: "Tourists can admire the king and queen of musical instruments, which stand proudly in a classic contrast of black and white, rising up and praising the city in all over the world. This landmark leads you to a dizzying musical world." Which is where?

Included in: Music News: Jan. 29, 2013

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