Modular on the outside, musical on the inside of this unique venue

In the Swiss town of Sion, a number of shipping containers have been repurposed by an architecture firm and inserted into an existing venue in order to create an inventive Swiss concert hall. The Switzerland-based firm Savioz Fabrizzi stacked and converted the containers to give Le Port Franc an industrial aesthetic, helping establish it as an alternative cultural venue for local residents.

The two-story space features a 300-seat concert hall, rehearsal area, dressing rooms, lounge, ticket desk, and a bar. The architecture firm chose to create the music center using repurposed containers for a number of reasons. The containers offer flexibility of use as they can be moved and rearranged or more can be added later. They also allowed the building to be created quickly due to their modular nature.

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