We spent two nights in Cardiff Bay, 19th and 20th October, it is where this impressive building is located. During our stay we walked by here a number of times, in fact it would be impossible to overlook. We did not go inside the building, just admired it from outside.
It stand alongside two other important buildings, the Senedd, Welsh Parliament and the Pierhead Building. It overlooks Roald Dahl Plass and it's seventy foot tall Water Tower. The Flourish Fountain is also nearby.
It is the National Arts Centre for Wales and is home to the National Opera, Orchestra, Theatre, dance snd literature companies. It comprises of a large theatre along with two smaller halls with bars and restaurants
Above the entrance doorways to the building there is a massive band of copper which spans the front of the building. It pays hommage to Wales' once prolific copper industry. Cut out of the metal, in Welsh, are the words of a poem by Gwyneth Lewis, which translates as:-
"In these stones horizons sing and create truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration"
At night the lights from the building reflect through the letters of the poem giving a bit a magical eerie aura.
We thought that it weirdly looked like an armadillo in shape and the metal wall panels resembled the animal's scales.
The reality, which we learned, it is shaped to depict the undulating landscapes of Wales. Also a number Welsh quarries provided waste slate which was arranged in tiers of contrasting colours and shades to represent geological layers.
I personally prefer this building and find it more imposing, from the exterior, than the Senedd Building.