Austrian architecture firm COOP HIMMELB(L)AU recently unveiled an interesting alien-like design for a temporary pavilion in Germany. The aluminum structure, which can seat 300, is sponsored by the car manufacturer MINI for use at the Munich Opera Festival 2010.
The goal for Pavilion 21 MINI Opera Space was to create an acoustically and visually pleasing structure that was mobile and lightweight. The firm say they have achieved this by enhancing the acoustical properties of the space using tilted walls and increased surface area.
"Another design strategy is also to reduce the influence of external sources of sound," added the firm. "The Pavilion which is 21 meters long, 17 meters wide and between 6 and 8 meters high will be positioned in such a way on the Marstallplatz that it will act more as a sound reflector than as a barrier to the sound of the cars passing by."