This Trois-Rivières Amphitheater Competition proposal by Architem takes its inspiration from the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada. Constructed from multiple layers of perforated metal, the 3-D façade literally looks like ripples ambling over a calm river. The origami-inspired double skin prevents excess solar gain and allows daylight to flood the theater when not in use, creating a waving effect that has all kinds of practical, sustainable applications.
Set in the middle of an urban park, the covered amphitheater acts as a conduit between the city and the river as well as holding administrative offices, the theater, a cafe, and a hall available for functions. Thanks to the elongated perforated exterior, both natural light and air move freely throughout the spacious interior. And then, along with the partially-landscaped awning, various green spaces are designed to absorb runoff that might otherwise reach the river.
This is a beautiful, sophisticated, and airy rendition that pays tribute to its natural environment without completely swallowing it.
Via Arch Daily