L’aquila Temporary Concert Hall opened on May 7th. The opening ceremony was held with the orchestra conducted by Tomomi Nishimoto.
In July 2009, the G8 Summit was held in the city of L’Aquila, Italy, since the L’Aquila earthquake occurred on April 6th the same year.
Here the Japanese government announced to build a temporary concert hall which proposed by Shigeru Ban to support reconstruction of the city, famous for its music scene.
The aim was to construct a paper concert hall which is easy to assemble and durable, for an early resumption of musical activities in the city.
A skewed oval cuts through the interior volume, which is defined by 44 encompassing pillars and a simple pitched roof.
Housing 230 seats, the temporary unit – which currently resides opposite the alfredo casella conservatory – is a durable and functional space can be dismantled and built elsewhere.
Covering over 700 square meters, the structure is composed of steel, cardboard concrete and clay sacks that embody the material and structural characteristics ban is known for.
Photo credits: Shigeru Ban Architects.