The Teatrino of Palazzo Grassi

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The Teatrino of Palazzo Grassi
Japanese architect Tadao Ando has added an auditorium with a curving concrete interior to the Palazzo Grassi - a contemporary arts centre inside an eighteenth-century palace in Venice. The Teatrino is the third phase of Tadao Ando's renovation of the Palazzo Grassi, which is now owned by luxury goods tycoon François Pinault. After converting both the main building and the accompanying Punta della Dogana into contemporary art galleries, Ando added this extra building as a venue for conferences and performances.

Curving concrete walls separate the 220-seat auditorium from reception areas, dressing rooms and storage areas, providing a blank canvas for hanging artwork or film projection.

Lighting fixtures are tucked around the edges of a suspended ceiling in the main lobby, while triangular skylights offer a source of daylight. The Teatrino occupies a space that once served as the palace's garden. More recently it had functioned as a theatre, but has been closed to the public since 1983. Only the facade of the original building remains, with the new structure erected behind.

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