© Dominique Perrault Architecture

Mariinsky II Theatre

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City, Country St. Petersburg, Russia
Year 2003–2006
Client Russian Federation of Culture
Architect Dominique Perrault Architecture
Services Structural Engineering
Facts Surface area façade: 20,000 m²

The extension of the Mariinsky Theatre is surrounded almost entirely by a crystalline, golden skin. The space between building and shell serves as foyer, cafeteria and opening.

The structure is made up of inwardly directed pyramids of triangular plan. The area is structured by light slits. Open and closed elements alternate at even distances. In the closed areas is the support structure, a standardized steel frame construction.