Julia asked Alex the house builder about a hall shaped as a musical instrument.

Frank Berlins, half a century ago, built the first lute shaped hall, where the tiniest sound was heard perfectly from every seat. It took him thirty years to make it perfect. He built seven halls in total and since he died nobody has been able to build anything like them. Berlins is now recognized for his unique hearing abilities and for his building process, as he changed the shape of the construction by ear, adding and removing volume while listening to music.


About Marco

My name is Marco, I am an entrepreneur in the financial industry, a graphic artist and a lover of the urban landscape. You can tweet me @helobiae


  1. I think if this blog were a book, I would buy it to gaze upon it and ponder the stories. I very much look forward to it.

  2. I once saw a photo a house built like a grand piano………

  3. This is the ONLY blog where I never want to miss a post. Your drawings are fabulous…and your stories are unapologetically unique.

  4. Definitely agree with Bill (above) – I hope you can compile your work into a book one day – it would be tempting for small people, and maybe others, to want to colour in (: This morning I went out and photographed a building – looking up along one aspect into the sky – so this is like a little synapse snapping.

    • mp

      I’ll launch something on Kickstarter shortly. I will keep you all updated. Thank you so much for your support, it really means a lot. Marco.

  5. Thanks for visiting. Enjoying yours, too.

  6. So very different from all the other “stuff” floating out there – fabulous – thanks for visiting!

  7. What a wonderfully interesting post…and blog…..I love what you’re doing 🙂

  8. sm

    fabulously quirky and enchanting – thanks for visiting darsketches and sharing your inspirations!

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