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La Seine Musicale: A solar sail on a building!
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February 22, 2017

La Seine Musicale: A solar sail on a building!

Solar sail in La Seine Musicale

I am simply amazed! The building “La Seine Musicale” is a combination of beautiful architecture and modern technology. This new cultural centre, commissioned by the Hauts-de-Seine Departmental Council and designed by architect Shigeru Ban, includes a large 6,000-seat modular concert hall with capacity for three shows a day, an auditorium with 1,100 places designed for classical music, a singing school, an orchestra in residence and recording studios. The goal: establish a new standard for music centres. And definitely do not forget all the technology that will be implemented in this building.

On 7 December 2016, the solar sail was installed. After a series of static tests, the teams successfully carried out their first kinematic tests of the sail. At a height of 45m, this 200-tonne structure moves nearly 5 metres per minute.

Architect and design

Shigeru Ban, the Japanese architect, and Jean de Gastines, his French partner have designed this amazing building. And the building was design to recal the site´s industrial past while “playing with the reflections” on the water. And it will for sure become “a symbol of the western Paris”. “The building recalls the image of a great ship”.

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