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Pebble Beach: Stunning Italian Theater Inspired By Shapes Found on the Shore

Simple stones inspired this curvaceous, zinc-clad structure

When it comes to architectural inspiration, there's no object too small or insignificant. The lowly pebble, strewn across shores and pathways, proved form-giving fodder for a new theater center designed by Bargone Architetti Associati that rests beside Italy's Lake Maggiore.

A quartet of massive pebble-shaped forms encase the Centro Eventi Multifunzionale, consisting of a pair of 500-seat and 200-seat theaters, rehearsal spaces, offices, a lobby exhibition space, and a restaurant and cafe. The bulbous structures, finished earlier this month, are clad entirely in gray zinc panels meant to match the stones found on the shore.

At the rear of the building, a glass-walled rectangular form connects the organically shaped zinc sections, its massive window overlooking a lakeside amphitheater below.

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