Mariinsky II To Open in May 2013
Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:24 PM
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:15 PM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:11 PM
I agree with Helene that the outside of it is not inspiring.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:46 AM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:06 AM
This is the original prize winning 'golden shell' proposal by another architect that was replaced by the current design.
The concept of the 'golden shell' design has fascinated me since I first saw it and I could discuss it for hours. I thought that it could have been be a wonderful artistic statement but I can sympathize with both sides of the debate about it regarding compatibility and practicality. It was selected by such jury members as "Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum, who rivals Mr. Gergiev as St. Petersburg’s leading cultural luminary." (NY Times article above) It was replaced by the current design, apparently for practical reasons. The inside of the new theater should be very attractive, comfortable and well functioning based on what I've read about the architectural firm from Canada.
Whatever my personal feelings, I've been watching the new theater go up so long that is has become sort of an old friend.
[Added comment: I want to thank Catherine Pawlick, who first posted elsewhere the link to the photos shown at the top of this page.]
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