Gallery: Shell-Inspired Fairground Building at Rossi Sud Complex Harnes...

As part of a design competition for a fairground building at the Rossi Sud complex in Italy, Rome-based DRA&U designed the Haliommatidium. Inspired by the intricacies of shells, the mixed-use structure features a smooth, continuous exterior surface, but on the inside is made up of a delicate network of rooms and cavities hidden under the facade. The large fairground building will play host to a number of cultural activities and will harness the power of the earth through geothermal energy. Additionally, the chamber-filled building enjoys rooftop gardens and solar energy to aid in reducing its energy use and providing efficient cooling.

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