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La Seine Musicale, France

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has completed a music hall complex including a multi-purpose hall, a classical music hall and a school of music, located on Seguin Island in the western suburbs of Paris. It is a cultural facility featuring an egg-shaped auditorium and a wall of solar panels that move to follow the path of the sun. 






A concrete wall defines the perimeter of the site along the water's edge. As the perimeter wall eventually diminishes towards the leading edge of the site, the hexagonal wooden grid shell structure of the classical music hall emerges. Surrounding the grid shell structure is a large triangular solar panel mobile sail. The triangular sail is mounted on rails that allow it to follow the path of the sun, therefore increasing its efficiency and ensuring the lobby behind is shaded throughout the day.







The heart of the building is the Grand Seine multi-purpose hall, a 6,000-seat venue for events including concerts, musicals and ballets. There is also a smaller performance space for 1,150 people, which is intended as a venue for classical concerts. This smaller auditorium is housed within a wooden grid-shell. 





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