White concrete volumes conceal bright red auditorium in Dominique Coulon & Associés’ theatre

Stacked white, concrete volumes conceal the vibrant red, pink and orange interior of this theatre in the former mining town of Freyming-Merlebach by Dominique Coulon & Associés. The French architects designed the Théodore Gouvy theatre as part of a drive to regenerate the town in north east France, which has seen high levels of unemployment since the area’s

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Shigeru Ban’s La Seine Musicale incorporates a wall of moving solar panels

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has completed a music complex near Paris, featuring an egg-shaped auditorium and a wall of solar panels that move to follow the path of the sun. The Japanese architect’s Paris-based office won an international competition held in 2013 to design La Seine Musicale – a musical facility comprising a large

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Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater opens to host 2017 keynote

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially opened the auditorium and events venue at the company’s Foster + Partners-designed campus, where today’s Apple Event took place. Named after Apple’s late founder, the Steve Jobs Theater held its first event today, during which the tech giant unveiled a variety of products including the rumoured iPhone X. A

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Studio Fuksas suspends cloud-like auditorium inside Rome convention centre

Studio Fuksas has completed a convention centre and hotel complex in Rome, featuring an auditorium in a translucent fibreglass “cloud”, suspended within a huge glass box. According to the studio, which is led by Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, the New Rome/EUR Convention Hall and Hotel is the largest building completed in the Italian capital in over

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Snøhetta’s King Abdelaziz Center for World Culture nears completion

New photographs reveal the pebble-shaped forms of Snøhetta’s cultural centre in Saudi Arabia, which is nearing completion ahead of its slated opening date in 2017. Snøhetta won a competition for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in the city of Dhahran in 2007, and began construction the following year. Designed for the Saudi oil company Aramco, the cultural centre

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Mirrors reflect arched openings and steps inside wooden auditorium by Penda

Penda has set this auditorium for a Beijing art museum inside a wooden box, which features arched openings, and mirrors that reflect endless iterations of its curved cutaways.  Beijing- and Vienna-based Penda designed the Hongkun Art Auditorium to host lectures, readings, exhibitions and art sales. It is located on the outskirts of the city, next door to the Hongkun Museum of Fine Art, which

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Dramatic folded canopy shelters riverside terrace of MX_SI Architects’ auditorium in Spain

A huge canopy extends from one side of this auditorium in the Spanish province of Córdoba and folds over a riverside terrace, encouraging visitors to loiter around before and after performances. Barcelona-based MX_SI Architects designed the Municipal Auditorium to host performances and exhibitions in the town of Lucena. The architects’ aim was to create a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that have flexible

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ETH Zurich students build floating wooden pavilion for Manifesta art biennale

Visitors to this year’s Manifesta art biennale can watch films while enjoying a swim in this floating pavilion, built by students to float on Switzerland’s Lake Zurich ( + slideshow). Entitled Pavillon of Reflections, the structure was designed and built by 32 students from Studio Tom Emerson, which is the design and research studio in the architecture faculty at Swiss university ETH Zurich. More

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MAD’s sinuous Harbin Opera House photographed in the snow by Iwan Baan

These new images by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan offer a look at the MAD-designed Harbin Opera House in China after heavy snowfall (+ slideshow). The huge cultural building features a three-petalled plan that encompasses two concert halls and a large public plaza. Externally, it boasts sinuous curves created from smooth white aluminium panels and glass, while its interior features More

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Álvaro Siza completes red brick theatre near Barcelona

Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has built a red brick theatre in Llinars del Vallès, a village outside Barcelona (+ slideshow). The Pritkzer Prize-winning architect worked with local studio Aresta Arquitectura on the Public Auditorium in Llinars del Vallès, which was commissioned as part of a public investment in cultural facilities for the region. The complex is formed from two volumes, one containing More

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MAD’s sinuous Harbin Opera House completes in north-east China

Beijing studio MAD has completed an opera house in the Chinese city of Harbin, featuring an undulating form that wraps two concert halls and a huge public plaza (+ slideshow). The Harbin Opera House is the first and largest building that MAD has designed as part of Harbin Cultural Island, a major new arts complex among More

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Souto de Moura and Correia reference industrial dust collectors with auditorium in Portalegre

Shiny metal cladding and exposed ducting lend an industrial feel to this auditorium for a virtual-reality research centre in Portalegre, Portugal, by Eduardo Souto de Moura and Graça Correia (+ slideshow). The auditorium is part of a masterplan developed by Souto de Moura – the 2011 Pritzker laureate, responsible for buildings including the Paula Rêgo Museum in […]

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Translucent glass concert hall designed by Barozzi Veiga with a jagged roofline

This concert hall in Poland by Spanish studio Barozzi Veiga features ribbed glass cladding and a spiky roof, giving it the appearance of an icy crown (+ slideshow). Barcelona-based Barozzi Veiga won a competition to design the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall for the coastal city of Szczecin, in north-west Poland, where it sits on the site of another auditorium […]
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Peter Haimerl’s Bavarian concert hall has a rough stone exterior and a raw concrete interior

One end of this stone-clad concert hall in Germany by Peter Haimerl Architektur appears to have subsided into the ground, causing the other to lift up in to the air (+ slideshow). Munich-based Peter Haimerl Architektur designed the 500-square-metre venue for the small village of Bailbach, in the Bavarian woods. Related story: Criss-crossing timber canopy extends over […]

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ALA’s Kuopio City Theatre extension features a crinkled facade

Crinkled fibre-cement panels clad the facade of this theatre extension by Finnish studio ALA Architects in the city of Kuopio, complementing the concrete exterior of the original 1960s building (+ slideshow). The faceted facade of Kuopio City Theatre’s new extension was chosen by ALA to echo the white concrete panels on the original building, which the architects […]

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UNStudio’s Theatre de Stoep improves its acoustics with a moving auditorium ceiling

UNStudio has completed a theatre in the Dutch town of Spijkenisse, featuring a spotty facade that glows purple at night and an auditorium with a ceiling that moves to improve acoustics (+ slideshow). Opening tomorrow, the 5,800-square-metre Theatre de Stoep was designed by UNStudio to provide the town with two new auditoriums that can be adapted to […]

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