The Zenith Music Halls
in Amiens and Strasbourg, France were both built in 2008 and designed by Massimiliano Fuksas
. The Amiens Zenith was the first of the two, and the initial idea from which the Strasbourg Zenith was later developed.
The Amiens Zenith is a playful entertainment facility, an imposing structure that is imbued with lightness. The concrete and steel structure contrasts with the lightness of a red PVC membrane that extends across giant elliptical rings. The roof beneath is composed of perforated semi-spheres that provide insulation for both heat and sound. The facility seats between 6,000 and 8,000 people.
The Strasbourg Zenith can accommodate an audience of 10,000 to 12,000 people. The building's geomtery is derived from the rotating of two ovals that are then sheathed in orange fabric. It is designed around the idea of "air," attempting to achieve abstraction and remove weight from architecture. Strasbourg's unique location connects the German and French high-speed railways, and is the definitive passageway towards Eastern Europe. This makes the Strasbourg Zenith the beating heart of the languages and dialects of "outsiders."
The Amiens Zenith:
The Strasbourg Zenith: