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Foster + Partners reveals Saint-Étienne arts venue

The AJ can reveal the first pictures of Foster + Partners’ new theatre and arts venue in Saint-Étienne, southern France, which opened on Monday (6 October).

Won in competition in 2004, the Zenith scheme has a large ‘aerodynamic roof’ which houses an ‘adaptable’ concert hall’ for up to 7,200 people.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, practice founder Norman Foster said: ‘The Zenith provides a flexible, state-of-the-art venue for the people of Saint-Étienne and I look forward to seeing the opening performances bring the building to life.

‘Its distinctive roof is a significant part of the building’s environmental strategy as well as a powerful symbol of regeneration for the city.'

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