Musical Masterpiece

by Tancrède de Folleville, Chief Engineer; setec tpi, Paris,
Jean-Bernard Datry, Director; setec tpi, Paris,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2017, Vol. 87, Issue 11, Pg. 46-53


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: La Seine Musicale, a world-class concert hall on a redeveloping island west of Paris, is a masterpiece of structural, acoustic, and mechanical engineering. Resembling a ship at sea, the concrete structure supports a glassy, egg-shaped auditorium flanked by a shimmering “sail” that moves with the sun, shading the globe and generating solar power.

Subject Headings: Solar power | Public buildings | Islands | Ships | Seas and oceans | Concrete | Concrete structures | Audits | Paris | France | Europe

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