Extensive use of timber cladding for envelope
Flying over the arid vastness of the steppes, we felt that what is really missing were flowers. We decided to build the “Flower of the Steppe”.
Amidst this monumental void, the structures of the Auditorium rise like the petals of a flower animated through music. They create an “envelope” which encloses an internal piazza housing shops, balconies, restaurants, exhibition halls, two cinemas and the 3500 seats Auditorium entirely clad in wood inside and outside.
The Auditorium interior space is also reflecting its suspended wood panelled ceiling like following a “whirling” motion, form a cavity above the orchestra to regulate acoustic absorption.
To resist against the eroding effect of the salty winds coming from the steppe, the slanted surfaces of the outdoor “sails” are clad with glass panels reflecting the overchanging environment.