Music in Stripes


In a new design for a music auditorium in L’Aquila, Italy, Renzo Piano created a lively, expressive structure and facade, with colors reflecting the sounds inside. The entirely timber project is flatpack construction, with the wood cut and prepped off-site, to then be assembled in place. Structurally, three cubes make up the auditorium space, with corridors and stairways connecting the main hall, foyer, and greenroom areas. The colorful, horizontal strips of timber emphasize the slanted forms of the buildings. 90 new trees were also planted on the property to offset the wood used in construction.