Last edited 12 May 2020

Piano Building

[edit] See the full image of this unique building of the week series here.


Located in the Shannan district in Huainan City, China, this glazed building in the form of a violin leaning against a piano was completed in 2007.

Designed by architectural students from the Hefei University of Technology, the building is built at a scale of 50:1, and serves as a showroom for exhibiting development plans.

The transparent violin is made from clear glass panels and contains escalators and a staircase for the main piano building which accommodates two concert halls.


The piano structure is built on three concrete legs and is made from hundreds of black glass panels interspersed with clear and white glass to represent piano keys. A roof terrace is sheltered beneath a canopy shaped like the propped-open lid of a piano.

Because of its unique design, it has become a popular tourist attraction, and has been called ‘the most romantic building in China’ as newly-weds come to have their photograph taken in front of it.

[edit] Find out more

[edit] Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki

Designing Buildings Anywhere

Get the Firefox add-on to access 20,000 definitions direct from any website

Find out more Accept cookies and
don't show me this again