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Eco-Friendly 'Floating' Music Venue Ditches Glass for Wood

All photos by <a href="">Simon Bauer</a> via <a href="">ArchDaily</a>
All photos by Simon Bauer via ArchDaily

This competition-winning design for a new music venue in the Austrian spa town of Bad Ischl is an elliptical pavilion that's both sustainable and well-matched for the surrounding gardens. Designed by local firm Two in a Box Architekten, who wanted to bring out the innate beauty of timber construction, the organically-shaped structure incorporates vertical slats of lightly stained, renewable and locally-sourced silver fir. As the architects argue in a project statement , "It doesn't always have to be only glass and concrete."

The pavilion gently inclines from the rear to the front and from one side to the other, opening the stage up to the audience in front with optimal acoustics. Another smaller elliptical opening in the back provides entry for the artists. And concrete isn't totally eliminated here: a concrete base hidden beneath the wooden form gives the building the quality of floating in air.

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