House for Music
Raimund Abraham

June 18, 2012 /

Museum Insel Hombroich, Rhein Country Neuss, Germany


Photo: Thomas Mayer

This 20 acre former NATO missile base is now a nature area and country park for artists, poets, composers and scientists who live and work on the site. The House for Music is a building dedicated to musicians.

The Stiftung (Foundation) Insel Hombroich is the owner of both, the Museum Insel Hombroich and the Raketenstation Hombroich.

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Raimund Abraham wanted the building to reflect all the external forces of nature and to shield the interior from the exterior. In order to achieve a monolithic and sculptural character he used concrete as building material.

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The entrance towards the east leads to the courtyard where a circular, inclined concrete slab, 33 meters in diameter, seems to float above the building. At the center of the concrete slab is a recess in the form of an equilateral triangle, with side lengths of 17 meters.


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The summit of the inner triangular in the roof points directly to the watchtower of the earlier military base.


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Photo: Thomas Mayer

Photo: Thomas Mayer

Two stair towers at the corner of the triangle provides access to four apartments for musicians, a recording studio and practice rooms, arranged in a circle under the concrete roof.


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Photo: Thomas Mayer


Photo: Thomas Mayer


Photo: Thomas Mayer


Photo: Thomas Mayer


Photo: Thomas Mayer

Under the fictitious center of the triangle is a round glass covered skylight that provides light to a 5 x 5 meter underground performance space.


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The idea for Museum Insel Hombroich, based on a combination of art, architecture and nature, came from real estate broker and art collector Karl-Heinrich Müller.

The Langen Foundation on the site, designed by Tadao Ando, is a private foundation that does not belong to the Stiftung Insel Hombroich.


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The House for Music was presented at the Biannual International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 1996. However, it was to be 10 years before construction started. Currently considered a completed shell completion is planned for 2013.

Raimund Abraham was killed in a car crash in downtown Los Angeles in 2010 after lecturing at SCI-Arc. The House for Music was his last building.

Facts about House for Music


Raimund Abraham


Foundation Hombroich

Construction Management:


Concrete Technology:

Heidelberg Cement
Ingo Lothmann

Structural Engineering:

Horst Kappauf

Formwork Technology:

Deutsche Doka

Pavilions and Sculptures 
Stiftung Insel Hommbroich

Photographed by Thomas Mayer

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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