Concepción, Chile 2011 | Competition
Like large faceted rocks delicately balanced on a stone outcropping, two shimmering volumes frame an elevated plaza with spectacular views of the Bio Bio River. The project offers a charged void for the city: a vibrant elevated public plaza for outdoor gatherings and performances framed by a theater building on each side. Undercuts to each volume make them seem to float off the ground and provide covered entrance areas; the theaters within are timber volumes that create striking indoor public gathering spaces between the two volumes. A façade of translucent and reflective white glass panels, arranged like scales of fish, creates plays of light on the surface of the buildings and within the interiors during the day. At night a net of integrated façade LEDs allow the building to act as an ambient coastal lighthouse.