NICCOLÒ PAGANINI AUDITORIUM
1996 – 2001, PARMA, ITALY
When building onto an existing structure in an urban context, one has to have a good grasp of the city’s distinct fabric – potential connections between the existing building and the new vision for it needs to be thoroughly understood. The old Eridiana sugar factory was an empty brick structure of just the right size and volume to be turned into a harmonious «music box». The building’s walls could be retained and a process of dematerialization would seek the perfect balance between transparency and acoustics. Through this process, the decommissioned factory was turned into a new concert hall not far from Parma’s city centre.