The Arena Venom Opera Explores the Biology of Architecture

Looking like something straight out of a science fiction movie, the Arena Venom Opera House challenges the relatively predictable type of architecture used in concert halls around the world. This proposal for Vienna's Stadtpark strives to epitomize the moment "when the instrument becomes the artist, and artist the facilitator."

Instead of allowing the performances and the people within the building to bring it to life, this project embodies its own complete richness, echoing the exquisite sound that fills the oyster-shaped auditorium and offering more of a visual spectacle than the grandest of stage productions. Hend Almatrouk designed the Arena Venom Opera House the way that the soil yields intricate vegetative life. Its chaotic tentacles and pointed protrusions make it look like a mythical sea creature venturing onto the earth.