Gallery: The Golden Banana: Rafael Viñoly’s Firstsite Arts Center Final...

The much-anticipated opening of Rafael Viñoly's Firstsite Arts Center in Colchester, UK just a few days ago has had wildly mixed reviews. While there is no denying that what some are calling the "Golden Banana" - according to our friends over at Arch Record - is striking, many are critical of the project's costs, which ran over by $15.8 million, and the crescent-shaped building's visual departure from the surrounding Roman ruins. So, what about the project's environmental footprint? It's definitely not small at 41,000 square feet, though it does qualify as a mixed-use development that houses galleries, educational facilities, a research center, an auditorium as well as retail, restaurant, and administrative spaces, but measures have been taken to give it a "light touch." Find out more after the jump!

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