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Part of the new European Embankment city quarter masterplan for a new plaza in the midst of historic , the 21,000 m² Dance Palace, by UN Studio, blends yet stands out.

© UN Studio

The St. Petersburg standard for building height is 28m. As such, the building largely adheres to this standard (with an little bit apparently peaking above, because hey, what are standards for but to be broken?). There is a measure of both transparency and opacity provided by the facade system. This system is comprised of a screen created from thousands of triangular openings which grow or shrink depending on their location on the facade. These create an ebb and flow to the facade which exists as a sort of ‘energetic tranquility’.

© UN Studio

Behind the facade is a large theatre, holding 1,000 people; and a smaller set to hold 300. The main is set up in a horseshoe configuration for and stage proximity maximums. Очень хорошо.

© UN Studio

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