An interactive new exhibition by second year Architecture students from The Arts University Bournemouth that combines structural engineering, acoustics and materials which emphasise the haptic experience of architecture – focusing on the senses – is on display at Lighthouse in Poole from the 19th November – 14th January 2012.

Over 30 students have been involved in the creation of the exhibition, Music Architecture Poole (MAP), who have specialised on the construction of the Music School. MAP has been created with the local urban area in mind, also incorporating the cultural significance and technical expertise of Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. Additionally, through staff-student research and construction from the University, a unique Acoustic Performance Space has been realised as part of the MAP exhibition.

The students worked with different industry professionals to create the interactive exhibition including Gifford, part of Ramboll who provided the engineering know-how for structures and the environment; ARUP for acoustic engineering; Feria Urbanism (urban design); and Coda Music Trust, who gave their technical expertise with cultural research and prototyping for the Acoustic Performance Space.

The majority of the exhibition has been crafted using sustainable means including unused plywood offcuts provided by timber engineering specialist shopfitters TEKNE, which were cut into panels and layered, which helps to provide the sound quality in the performance space. The Acoustic Performance Space is one of the smallest of its type set within one of the largest performance spaces in the UK, in Lighthouse, and is available for a variety of intimate recitals.

MAP curator, Channa Vithana, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Arts University worked closely with two third-year students, Christina Varvouni-Giatrakou and Daniel Hambly who co-curated the exhibition. He commented ‘To link the student Music School Project so closely within the context of site (Lighthouse) and place (Poole) and then physically into the Lighthouse enables stimulating, interactive architectural experiences.’

This fascinating exhibition, which is free to visit, is open from Tuesday – Saturday. For more information please visit