Inspired by the visual elements of written music, I chose to use the arrangement of graphic notation as a starting point for the creation of a system to generate spatial arrangements within the design of a hotel for musicians.
Using what I determined to be a reasonable outline for the building blocks of music (beat, bar, part and song), I assigned each letter of each element a value (in this case a location in the building) similar to the way notes are assigned in music. These assigned locations serve as the base of the system.
I applied permutations derived from those utilized to compose music (multiplication, rotation, transposition and retrograde inversion) to this base to create 4 different iterations of spatial arrangements. The application of these permutations determines the location of each type of space in the building.
Each word of the building blocks of music can be assigned a specific spatial condition based on its characteristics and each piece of the program can be assigned to each spatial condition, completing the application of the system to the building design.
Utilizing this system within the existing building, unique designs are created through changes in the arrangement of the required program elements, at times creating unconventional, but functional compositions.