One of the reasons it can be difficult to talk about architecture, if you ask me, is because there are so many ways to describe the same geometry. Let’s say you have a cube shaped building that you like, so you call it a “compelling geometric primitive” to put your positive spin on it. Other folks who hate cubes may call it “another dumb and boring box.” Constantly infusing descriptions with subjective opinions may be annoying, but I was reading this description of this auditorium designed by Estudio Barozzi Veiga when I came across a description that I disagreed with for a different reason:
“A seafront auditorium in southern Spain has concave walls that resemble the deflated cheeks of someone taking a deep breath.”
This is where I have to let a little bit of my science geek come out because when I saw the massing of this building, I didn’t think about it being deflated, but of it being crenated. For people who don’t remember learning about what happens to cells in concentrated solutions: they shrink into these pointy shapes as water migrates out. The auditorium (not really an operahouse) sits overlooking a large body of saltwater, so maybe I’m thinking about osmosis because I’d like to be on that beach, reclining in the shade of a pretty nifty looking auditorium and thinking about getting into the water.