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Sleek angular design puts a twist on the convention center

Tetrarc Architectes designed a geometric event space for the southern French town of Jonzac

Modern convention center in France Photos by Charly Broyez via Designboom

The brief was clear. The town of Jonzac, in southern France, wanted a piece of statement architecture that contained a theater and event hall while embodying the “dynamic nature of the region.” Tetrarc Architectes rose to the challenge, designing a bold, black-clad convention center with a many-angled shape inspired by the local landscape.

The geometric facets of the 52,700-square-foot building contain a reconfigurable “agora” space, a 500-seat auditorium, ticket office, seminar room, catering office, bar and service areas, technical areas, and an access point for a future hotel addition.

Visitors enter through a single main entrance—a light-filled atrium with angled walls that echo the exterior’s geometry. A “circulation gallery” runs along one side of the entire length of the building, connecting the all the spaces together.

The theater space features a complex undulating acoustic shell made of rattan, and crafted by Métalobil after a year of studies followed by eight months of production and installation. The organic natural forms and warm material contrast starkly with the dramatically modern exterior and entry space.

Modern convention center in France

Via: Designboom