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Metal Cultural Buildings are real Show-stoppers

Creating a civic, cultural or concert venue that delivers a stand-out aesthetic performance can be a challenge for the even the most accomplished architects. But just take look at these metal cultural buildings that have hit the right notes through clever use of metal architecture.

Icons in their own right, these venues take centre stage for their incredible and innovative design that makes the most of metal materials:

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Frank Gehry’s sweeping and curved creation is perhaps one of the most famous metal cultural buildings in the world. Built in tribute to Walt Disney and his love of arts and the city of LA, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was actually originally envisaged in stone instead of the stainless steel structure we know and love today.

Whilst most of the stainless steel used was a matt finish, some parts of the skin were originally polished – but had to be sanded down after glare complaints from nearby residents and road users. It’s home to the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and boasts state-of-the-art acoustics for a memorable musical and architectural experience.

Images sourced from Walt Disney Concert Hall website.

MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture), Seattle

The wonderous sheet metal MoPOP building in Seattle is another signature Frank Gehry design, this time apparently inspired by the shape and form of rock guitars.

Featuring the world’s largest collection of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia and hosting events and exhibitions from the world of rock, pop and film, what makes this building the star performer is the shimmering textures and colours that dance across the steel exterior. The effect is created by 21,000 individually cut and shaped stainless steel and painted shingles, which respond to different light conditions and change according to perspective.

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Ragnarock, Denmark

This sensational studded museum and auditorium venue in Roskilde embodies everything about rock music and youth culture. From the golden, glittering lead appearance of the anodised aluminium facade to its vivid red interior designed to evoke the lush velvet inside a guitar case, architects MVRDV designed this building to be ‘loud and in your face’.

A creative space to foster the talent of upcoming and inspiring musicians, Ragnarock even features a red-carpet welcome for the rock stars of tomorrow.

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Images sourced from MVRDV website.

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

One of the world’s largest automotive museums, this amazing venue is firing on all cylinders when it comes to metal cultural buildings. The museum’s ribbon-like facade was designed by architects Kohn Pederson Fox, creating a new chassis for the body of the museum for its extensive renovation in 2015. Inspired by the form of a car, the stainless steel exterior is enhanced by an undercoat of sports-car red aluminium for a sense of speed and movement.

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Images sourced from Kohn Pederson Fox website.

Rhike Park, Tbilisi

Created by architects Studio Fuksas, these periscope-style steel and glass structures are the Rhike Park music theatre and exhibition hall. The north structure houses the music theatre hall, foyer and cafeteria and is raised up for views across the river, whilst the Exhibition Hall entices visitors in from street level.

Metal Cultural Building - Rhike Park, Tbilisi

Rhike Park, Tbilisi

Images sourced from Studio Fuksas website.

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Posted: April 14, 2020

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