École des arts

Architecture agency Tetrarc has attired the Maison des Arts, Saint Herblain, in a shimmering golden envelope, a luminescent casing whose interior spaces unfold ‘like a living body, irrigated from its centre by a beating heart,’ to quote Jean-Pierre Macé, architect and co-founder of Tetrarc. The amphitheatre is not visible from the building’s exterior, and functions as an ‘incandescent case’, accommodating the music school at the centre of the project. The dark walls within this large space for music making provide an eloquent backdrop for the playful arrangement of sound absorbing acoustic speakers clad in traffic red, using Vibrasto 10 and 20 merely glued over wooden boxes.

Project name: Ecole des Arts

Year to be delivered: 2011

Town-city / Country: Saint Herblain, France

Project owner or contracting authority: Ville de Saint Herblain

Contractor: Tetrarc, architecte mandataire ; Pacteau, architecte économiste associé ; IBA BET acoustique : SERDB

Photographer: Stéphane Chalmeau

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