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Architem’s Trois-Rivières Amphitheater Has a Facade That Ripples Like Red Waves
Posted By Tafline Laylin On April 19, 2011 @ 12:45 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Design | 2 Comments
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.
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Via Arch Daily 
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 natural light: http://inhabitat.com/seattles-ballard-library-pairs-a-sweeping-green-roof-with-natural-light/
 green spaces: http://inhabitat.com/flat-tower-a-horizontal-yes-horizontal-skyscraper-places-2nd-in-evolos-skyscraper-competition/
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