DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - —Natasha Dra­gun

A new con­cert hall in the Seine.

An­chored by an egg-shaped au­di­to­rium that rises above the mid­dle of the Seine, Paris’s bold new mu­sic venue is as much about de­sign drama as it is about show­cas­ing an eclectic ros­ter of events. La Seine Mu­si­cale ( la­seine­mu­si­ is the first of a num­ber of cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions planned for Île Seguin, a slim, kilo­me­ter-long is­land in the city’s western sub­urbs that was once home to au­tomaker Re­nault’s flag­ship fac­tory. Ar­chi­tects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines are be­hind the fu­tur­is­tic look of the com­plex, wrap­ping its au­di­to­rium dome (now home to the In­sula Orches­tra) in a glass-and tim­ber lat­tice that is shaded from the sun by a ro­tat­ing so­lar sail of pho­to­voltaic cells. Other fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a 6,000-seat con­cert hall show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing from clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic to bal­let and theater; an in­ter­nal “street” of record­ing stu­dios, bou­tiques, and a jazz club; rooftop gar­dens; and a big screen at the en­trance to al­low non-ticket hold­ers to en­joy shows. Up­com­ing events in­clude per­for­mances by Her­bie Han­cock (June 29) and Amer­i­can dance troupe Alvin Ai­ley (July 4–22).

In­side La Seine Mu­si­cale’s lat­tice­work au­di­to­rium.

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