Even those who detest contemporary architecture are likely to find the Théâtre 95 at least marginally easier on the eyes. The building might feature an enormous windowless mass, but it has been covered in an alluring skin of scaly golden tiles. It was important for Gaëlle Péneau Architectes to make a statement with this arts center in Cergy-Pontoise, France, because it was the previous home of the local school of architecture and urban planning.
Parts of the existing 1970s structure were left in place and reworked with new elements such as curtain wall windows and the massive crenelated golden hall. Old and new converge in the atrium of the Théâtre 95, where you're lead into the spacious 400-seater playhouse.