In Fernando Menis' projects, acoustics is an essential design element, which led him to develop a line of research parallel to building projects, in which he experiments with natural materials to achieve solutions for different acoustic needs or deficiencies. This is how his "Acoustic Frames" were born, elements made with natural materials, absorbent or reflective of sound as needed, and formalized as decorative objects that can have a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Ideal for closed spaces, they mix aesthetics and functionality, beautify places while improving their acoustics.
A first practical application of this invention was carried out in 2017, in the Museum of Science and the Cosmos of Tenerife, a building built in 1993 that houses a permanent exhibition based on modules that invite you to explore the different subjects of Physics. The acoustic redesign of the entrance hall, the main hall of the museum and the exhibition hall were carried out through an intervention with "Acoustic Frames" made with local volcanic stones that absorb sound thanks to their porosity and irregular surface.
After being exhibited for the first time at the Aedes gallery in Berlin (within the exhibition "Fernando Menis. Backstage", December 2018 - January 2019) now the "Acoustic Frames" can be admired in a pop-up event that will take place on 22 September, in the space of the LAB Menis - Laboratory of Landscape (C / Capitán Gómez Landero, 19, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., with limited capacity and prior registration at email@example.com).
The exhibition is framed within the research project "Hatching" and its digital version. With it, the knowledge accumulated by the Spanish architect in the use and enhancement of natural resources in architecture, is systematized and made available to the public. The initiative has the support of several public and private organizations: Government of the Canary Islands - Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment, Canarias Aporta, Proexca, Fundación Caja Canarias, Government of Spain - Ministry of Culture and Sports, European Union - FEDER, Icex Next, Canarias Cultura en Red as well as national and international universities.