Modern Tuscan Amphitheater Features Responsive Canopy

The Italian hill town of Peccioli is the site for the soon-to-be-built Parco Degli Angeli (Park of Angels), a complex that's meant to enjoy music and art. It features a covered, multi-seat amphitheater that can accommodate up to 800 people with interactive sculptures that overlook the idyllic Tuscan countryside. New York-based firm Asymptote Architecture was commissioned to design the space, and they envisioned the project as a sculptural canopy structure that contrasts the surrounding landscape. And, it does – the airy, white shell shape pairs nicely with the lush greenery, and the two could be seen as a juxtaposition of sea and land.

The large amphitheatre is outfitted with a “responsive skin,” meaning that it incorporates intelligent responses to environmental forces through a kinetic canopy. It's clad of white tensile fabric that transforms through a system of apertures and directional funnels that mediates airflow and daylight. Embedded photovoltaics capture energy from solar exposure and provides an overall more comfortable experience for guests taking in a show.

Asymptote Architecture website
via [designboom]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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