Aquila, Italy is a deeply rooted musical city, and as such a place spends so much effort in the musical arts it seems only natural that the focus might be directed toward it all when rebuilding areas of the city post-earthquakes. Architect and design firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop took on the task of creating this colorful auditorium in light of the past disaster.
The building(s) is constructed in a cube based fashion, with the section view looking like it is balancing on one corner axis. While the exterior is an intricately laid timber pattern of all different colored slats– the interior is relatively simple. Seating is for 238 people, while there is a stage, changing rooms and spots for technical equipment. Piano was thinking it all through in case of another disaster (such as an earthquake) by utilizing timber since it is a renewable resource that can easily be replaced.
Images: Marco Caselli Nirmal