Research & Development
Only a combination of traditional piano building experience, technological prowess, in-house research, and collaboration with external research partners, technicians, and the artists who validated the keyboard’s ergonomic and acoustic merits, could make the Maene-Viñoly Concert Grand a reality.
Using computer-aided design techniques to run 3D simulations, cross-sections could be made in advance, before proceeding to the actual prototype phase. In an iterative process with Rafael Viñoly, the aesthetic design was coordinated with the technical design, which always prioritized acoustic performance.
There was also close collaboration with several renowned external partners and institutes. Beyond the ergonomic advice provided by Prof. Pozzo and Dr. Gärtner, the University of Leuven, Belgium contributed research into the soundboard’s configuration, and the specialized engineering firm Technocon resolved the structure for the cast iron frame, which had to be very strong to absorb the enormous string tension, while also elegant and light to convey the strings’ energy to the soundboard without loss or distortion.