Modern sports culture knows no boundaries – neither geographically nor in terms of performance or image. It's a lifestyle, where pleasure and profit ambitiously exist side by side. Enormous stadiums are being constructed to host "mega-events" like the Olympic Games in London, to be taken down or moved to a different location afterwards. Anything is possible, but finding the right balance of temporary elements and lasting identity represents a great challenge for planners and architects. Therefore, they look for materials that cater to these developments and allow new opportunities to be exploited in terms of expression and functionality.
After winning the competitive design proposal in 2009, Dominique Perrault Architecture created the mesmerizing Albi Grand Theatre in France. The architectural intent was to create a cultural epicenter in this historic Southern French city.
The theater serves an impressive contrasting element in this classical city with the use of several modern building materials.
Known today as the Mellon Independence Center Building, Philadelphia residents know this historic building as the Lit Brothers Department Store, which occupied the building for nearly a century. This beautiful building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and currently houses the regional headquarters for the Mellon Bank with retail space on the ground level.
Australian firm-K2Ld Architects designed an extravagant residential dwelling that is enveloped in a semi-transparent golden mesh, giving the illusion of a “Golden Box.” While the building is protected against direct views from the outside during the day, the semi-transparent wire mesh covering the glass façade offers an unhindered view of the surrounding garden. It is not until night that the Golden Box reveals itself and the illuminated interior shimmers through the semi-transparent shell.