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Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas

  • 01:00 - 23 June, 2008
Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas
Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas

Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas +39

  • Location

    Strasbourg, France
  • Architect

    Massimiliano Fuksas
  • Consultants

    Concrete Betom / Acoustics Altia / Scenography Architecture and Technique
  • Site

    Municipality of Eckbolsheim, Strasbourg
  • Client

    Città di Strasburgo (CUS) Delegate
  • Area

    14.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. By its playful form and character, the Zenith music hall contributes to the great Varietee Theaters which were built since the Zenith building in Paris was erected in 1984. The new Zenith building is an important project for the exhibition area in Strasbourg. It will be the new attraction which will give impulses to the future development of the city's infrastructure.

The concept of the design is based on a modular and a well balanced organization of the different elements: good views for all spectators, best acoustics and an optimized cost management already addressed during the concept phase of the design. The building is to be understood as a single, unifying and autonomous sculpture. By layering and rotating the ellipsoid metal façade structure, the design receives a very dynamic character. This is underlined with the translucent textile membrane, which covers the steel-frame and creates magnificent light effects. These orange membranes also cover the volume of the music hall itself. This is the heart of the building: a totally enclosed and protected space, which creates a special theatre atmosphere. Projections on the outer skin create playful effects and convert the façade into a huge billboard. The inner experience is transmitted to the outside thought out the transparent skin: the whole building becomes a 'light sculpture'.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas" 23 Jun 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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chronograph watch · November 12, 2011

I get pleasure from, lead to I found exactly what I used to be having a look for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

Adorian C · September 30, 2011

Rojkind vs Fuksas: VS #Dóndequedolacreatividad?

jzi · August 24, 2009

this is truly a great design. it is unusual for a music hall and it very open, light and a Chinese is playful, dynamic and detail are good...

clint · May 13, 2009

any idea on who the manufacturer of the orange fabric is??

john · January 22, 2009

augoroni max

Keith · November 04, 2008

agree, its like big orange lampion,,not very impressive from outside,, but inside is fine,, but still the idea of semi-transparant skin is great,,

giovanni Buccino · July 08, 2008

...una camera troncoconica inclinata, dal cromatismo suscettibile della luce naturale che in una armonica con quella artificiale, sembra un'Architettura Catalina illuminata e affascinante la vera sfida del futuro la tensione delle travi stagliate nello spazio come una perdita d'equilibrio sei coinvolto energicamente laddove non può che essere la chiave del mistero gravitazionale! Bravo...

giovanni Buccino · July 08, 2008

...una Camera Aneconica spettacolare sia dal punto di vista interno che da quello esterno, con una illiminazione spettacolare, se vista da ogni dove è, specialmodo a volo d'uccello! Le corti interne, con i suoi pilastri, le travi bullonate - come un meccano - inclinati, e gli spazi inusitati, dei corridoi tra città e proscenio, ampliando la vsita e il contenimento di un pubblico che vive finalmente i luoghi! Complimenti Max!

Website Design · June 25, 2008

Very functional design. I'm interested to hear the acoustics in this building as many in not all the design decisions made seem to be geared towards getting a harmonious, environmental effect. Awesome stuff, thanks for posting!

J · June 24, 2008

Great! I like the separation between the quite simple, functional music hall and the attractive, transparent skin. The orange is so appealing and so iconic. Too bad it's going to be a very popular colour the coming years. But okay.

Nice work!

JUST COOL Design Blog · June 24, 2008

an orange japanese lantern losing its air...the color is cool but the rest?? - not really liking it


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