Renzo Piano – L’AQUILA Auditorium by ‘O Tedesc: A Rainbow of Colourful Woodwork

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Renzo Piano L'AQUILA Auditorium by 'O Tedesc, Image Source amazonaws.com

Renzo Piano L’AQUILA Auditorium by ‘O Tedesc, Image Source: amazonaws.com

We’ve been getting inspired by rainbow colour last week as part of Plascon’s National Colour Week… And in my digital wanderings I found this magnificent temporary Auditorium in L’Aquila which was realized by Renzo Piano as part of the post-earthquake reconstruction. (new4amagazine.com)

Renzo Piano L’AQUILA Auditorium by ‘O Tedesc

Renzo Piano L'AQUILA Auditorium by 'O Tedesc, Image Source flickr.com

Renzo Piano L’AQUILA Auditorium by ‘O Tedesc, Image Source: flickr.com

Renzo Piano L'AQUILA Auditorium by 'O Tedesc, Image Source flickr.com

Renzo Piano L’AQUILA Auditorium by ‘O Tedesc, Image Source: flickr.com

Renzo Piano L'AQUILA Auditorium by 'O Tedesc, Image Source flickr.com

Renzo Piano L’AQUILA Auditorium by ‘O Tedesc, Image Source: flickr.com

The idea came about thanks to the efforts of Claudio Abbado… In the immediate aftermath of an earthquake, he called for a solution to create a space dedicated to music so as to recover the intense musical activity that has always characterized the city. (new4amagazine.com)

Renzo Piano L'AQUILA Auditorium by 'O Tedesc, Image Source

Renzo Piano L’AQUILA Auditorium by ‘O Tedesc, Image Source: new4amagazine.com

Renzo Piano L'AQUILA Auditorium by 'O Tedesc, Image Source innerdesign.com

Renzo Piano L’AQUILA Auditorium by ‘O Tedesc, Image Source: innerdesign.com

Piano (the architect) defines this auditorium as “ephemeral architecture”, made of wood and not of stone and therefore capable of being dismantled in the future. Funded by the autonomous Province of Trento it was built with precious wood from Val di Fiemme: it’s a structure consisting of three wooden cubes of different sizes located next to each other in an irregular manner and it seats 250 people. (new4amagazine.com)

Renzo Piano L'AQUILA Auditorium by 'O Tedesc, Image Source repubblica.it

Renzo Piano L’AQUILA Auditorium by ‘O Tedesc, Image Source: repubblica.it

The central body has an auditorium hall, and the other 2 cubes have general services for the public: a foyer with the bar, wardrobe, ticket counters and services for artists. This sort of “wood technology” and anti-seismic building technologies are an example of “well building”. (new4amagazine.com)

South Africa may not be a country known for earthquakes, so “anti-seismic” measures may seem lost on our builders. But then again, often new technologies are adapted to new contexts and to solve building challenges they may not at first have been intended for. At the very least it’s a very pretty, very colourful building that I thought warranted sharing! 😉

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