credit nigel young (courtesy of foster + partners)

the zenith concert venue in saint-etienne by london’s foster + partners has been granted a RIBA award. the project was completed late last year and is the region’s first purpose-built state-of-the-art performance venue. the zenith was co-designed by cabinet beger and features a distinctive cantilevered roof. the roof acts as a wind scoop to naturally ventilate the auditorium, reducing energy use. the front of the venue features a curved glass-enclosed lobby that leds into the expansive auditorium. inside the main space the venue can be configured in a number of arrangement for audiences ranging from 1,100 to 7,200.

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foster + partners: zenithcredit nigel young (courtesy of foster + partners)

foster + partners: zenithcredit nigel young (courtesy of foster + partners)

foster + partners: zenithcredit nigel young (courtesy of foster + partners)

foster + partners: zenithcredit nigel young (courtesy of foster + partners)

foster + partners: zenithcredit nigel young (courtesy of foster + partners)

foster + partners: zenithcredit nigel young (courtesy of foster + partners)