Grain Silo Becomes Opera House in Marseille

Travel News — By Candice Walsh on November 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

No, we’re not talking plastic surgery here.

The latest and greatest opera house in France used to be an old, decrepit grain silo, abandoned and left for demolition. Overlooking the port of Marseille, Arenc Silo was built in 1927, and was highly visible from within Marseille. Fortunately, the city decided it just needed a transformation.

The result was a fully renovated, modern and beautiful work of architectural art. It’s home to a restaurant with a panoramic view of the city, and the large open space at the center of the silo is perfect for an auditorium.

Waste not, want not, right? The Web Urbanist calls it “adaptive reuse.” We learned through them that Amsterdam-based architect Bjarne Mastenbroek has transformed old farmhouses into futuristic homes, while other architects have turned old fire towers into epic mountain homes with insanely beautiful views. Broken down train cars are even being used as churches!

Image: Lisa Ricciotti / C + T Architectures

However, other creative minds prefer to turn abandoned buildings into light installations. Luisa Alvarez transformed an abandoned house into a “color-filled wonderland” using old color-tinted photographic negatives and gels. Named Habitando, Alvarez created room dividers, window coverings, and even furnishing to fill the old home with colors and silhouettes. The effect caused swatches of color to be thrown onto the walls and interior. Some of the negatives featured silhouettes of people dancing and swaying along the wall.

How’s that for a make-over?

Tags: abandoned buildings, Bjarne Mastenbroek, france, marseille, marseille opera house

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