Fazioli Telus was custom built for Westbank’s Telus Garden building in Vancouver designed by the world renowned architect Gregory Henriquez. The decision to place Fazioli grand piano in the lobby of one of the most innovative and modern buildings in Vancover was at once an honor and a challenge. The piano’s design had to be organic expansion of architect’s vision of the entire building. At Fazioli we were thrilled with prospect of reinterpreting the classic form of a grand piano yet again but this time to fit an already exciting and highly conceptual environment.
We began with the wood that had to match the giant beams of the exoskeleton of the lobby. The edge grain burr is the same as the burr of the beams floating high above. The Giant V-shaped columns that support the façade of the building became the v-shaped legs supporting Fazioli Telus.
As always the attention to the finest details is a hallmark of Fazioli. The chrome housing for the pedals, the rubberized wheels, the black lacquered lining of the pianos’ case all contribute to the ultra-modern, highly sophisticated glamour of this unique piano.
The mirror-polished chrome of the inside of the lid created a transparency effect that relates the to the glass exterior of the entire structure of Telus Garden building. The reflections capture the mechanical beauty of Fazioli Telus’ strung frame but also catch the light that enters the voluminous lobby through it’s glass surfaces.
The chrome lid support rod as well as sharp edges of design elements such as sides of the case and V-shaped leg juncture with the piano’s body give Fazioli Telus a touch of supremely polished, sophisticated luxury.
The Z-shaped bench organically relates to the geometry of the piano and the space it is in, creating a natural flow of architecture at large, unconfined of the instrument.