This permanent, informal amphitheater in France, designed by New York-based Marc Fornes/ Theverymany, is a self-supported shell made from 990 individual parts and 26 base plates. Colorful and semi-transparent, the pavilion is based on a structural shingle system with stress flow patterns calculated using structural analyses and computational procedures. The amphitheater opened a few weeks ago outside a hospitality school in Argeles-Sur-Mer, France.
The structure, commissioned by Region Languedoc Roussillon, is located outside a hospitality school in Argeles-Sur-Mer, France. Acting as a typological hybrid of urban design and pavilion, the structure merges different technologies. Named ‘Pleated Inflation’, the structure is meant to provide an additional outdoor area for socializing and interaction. Lightweight and ultra-thin, the self-supported structure’s patterned surface creates partial shade and a pleasant environment for learning.
Following a similar structural and design logic, another of the firm’s recent projects – Chrysalis Amphitheater in Columbia, Maryland – also broke ground recently. The amphitheater was designed and built in collaboration between MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY, ARUP, design firm Living Design Lab and fabrication company, Zahner., while the engineer for the Pleated Inflation structure was LausED.