PHOTOGRAPHY VINCENT BOUTIN | TEXT HANS FONK

Golden robe for the Grand Théâtre des Cordeliers

In the southwest of France, 80 kilometres northeast of Toulouse lies Alhi. Also known as La Ville Rouge, which is derived from its characteristic brick buildings. The picturesque old town with its famous cathedral of Sainte-Cécile now offers yet another attraction. As part of an extensive urban regeneration project, French star architect Dominique Perrault has built the Grand Théâtre des Cordeliers at the fringe of the historic town centre.

The dominating element of this construction is the Grand Théâtre whose three dimensional façade of gold coloured anodised aluminium mesh has become a new landmark of the picturesque town.

The spectacular construction of the woven membrane was made possible by specially developed Escale spiral mesh manufactured by the world’s leading technical weaving operation, GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG.