Although most electronic music venues typically include dark clubs or gritty warehouses, Parisian firm, Hérault Arnod Architectes, has just unveiled La Belle Electrique, a timber-clad concert hall specifically designed for established and emerging electronic performers. The concert venue is contemporary space designed with an ultra flexible architectural system on the interior to give performers maximum space to let the music flow.
Built on a former 19th century industrial site currently undergoing a complete reformation, the venue sits adjacent to the Magasin, the Grenoble Centre for Contemporary Art. The exterior of the hall is clad in thick larch slats that are widely set apart to allow for an airy, light-filled entranceway. A curved, floor-to-ceiling glass wall greets visitors as they enter the building.
For the performance space, the architects chose an asymmetrical design in order to allow the artists optimal flexibility. The pavilions include two raised stages and have several DJ platforms at varying heights. The strategic layout allows the audience to become part of the performance, forging a close connection between the performers and the spectators.
Photography by André Morin