Brisac Gonzalez Architects create a colourful space on and off stage
The building is a new venue for theatre, concerts, fairs and sports events. It contains retractable seating and a demountable stage for versatility. The main space can accommodate up to 4500 people during performances.
As it is never permanently inhabited, the building is essentially a chamber for ephemeral events. Like stage scenery or a flamboyant costume, the building is meant to be seen from afar.
It is an instantly recognizable object. During the day, the sunlight plays with the 25,000 bespoke pyramidal-shaped glass bricks, producing glimmering effects and dramatic shadows. In the evening the building awakens as the Fresnel lens-like surfaces of the glass bricks amplify the intensity of the coloured lighting scheme, producing a glittering facade.