Japanese architect Shigeru Ban explains how his egg-shaped music auditorium acts as a western gateway to Paris within the final instalment of Dezeen’s Concrete Icons sequence produced in collaboration with Holcim.
The video options La Seine Musicale, a music complicated that homes a big multipurpose live performance corridor and a smaller auditorium.
The musical facility is positioned on the Ile Seguin island close to Paris’s western suburbs, occupying a 3rd of French architect Jean Nouvel’s mixed-use masterplan of the island.
Talking to Dezeen in an unique video filmed by Dezeen on the architect’s Paris workplace, Ban defined that the complicated was designed as a monument to indicate a western gate into Paris.
“The live performance corridor has a particular character,” Ban stated. “The consumer was on the lookout for a symbolic monument. My technique is making a logo with some that means and performance.”
The constructing contains three services: a live performance auditorium for classical music, a 6,000-seat multi-purpose corridor and a music faculty for youngsters.
The music corridor takes the type of an ovoid auditorium, which is encased in a latticed laminated-timber body with glass.
The auditorium is sheltered by a sail-shaped wall of photo voltaic panels, which transfer to observe the trail of the solar to shade the inside from direct daylight all through the day.
“It seems to be like a concrete ship with a glass egg on high with a sail,” Ban stated. “The sail is an enormous triangular form with a photo voltaic panel, which is slowly shifting.”
The outside of the live performance corridor options specifically made mosaic tiles that change color in keeping with whether or not they’re uncovered to direct daylight.
The location was initially dwelling to a producing plant operated by automobile model Renault. When the plant closed in 1992, the manufacturing facility was left empty, and was later demolished.
Plans to rejuvenate the world have been firsts drawn up in 2009 by Nouvel.
In step with Nouvel’s masterplan, a concrete wall envelops the constructing’s perimeter as a nod to the economic aesthetic of the previous manufacturing facility.
“I attempted to make use of timber as a lot as doable for the constructing’s construction,” Ban stated. “Nonetheless, concrete was the primary materials for the facade. Concrete is such an exquisite materials, which can’t be changed by the rest.”
“Every materials has its personal traits. My concept is to benefit from the totally different traits of every materials,” he continued.
The Pritzker Prize-winning architect gained a global competitors held in 2013 to design the Ile Seguin web site.
La Seine Musicale was the primary cultural venue to be accomplished on the island, opening its doorways in April 2017. Additional plans are underway so as to add an artwork centre, lodges and workplace areas to the island.
Concrete Icons is a six-part video sequence created in partnership with constructing supplies firm Holcim, which profiles probably the most putting up to date concrete buildings by the world’s main architects.
Earlier instalments within the sequence deal with MAD’s sinuous Cloudscape library in Haikou, China, in addition to The Sq., a higher-education studying centre in Switzerland designed by Sou Fujimoto.
Final week’s instalment focussed on the Striatus bridge, a freestanding 3D-printed concrete footbridge designed to show how 3D printing strategies can be utilized to construct with much less materials.
Further footage courtesy of La Seine Musicale, by Arthur Maneint, Hensli Sage and Noesys Prod.
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