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MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

China Architecture News - Oct 18, 2016 - 13:40   18488 views

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

MAD Architects has revealed new images of design for China’s new Philharmonic Hall, which looks like an undulating ice jade surrounded by a lotus pond and lush greenery. The concert hall was designed in collaboration with renowned acoustic expert Yasuhisa Toyota, and will be the orchestra’s first permanent residency. The philharmonic orchestra’s goal is to create a state-of-the-art concert hall that will serve as a cultural exchange and China’s new locus for classical music.

British magazine Gramophone recognized the China Philharmonic Orchestra as one of world’s best symphony orchestras. The orchestra’s current president is Li Nan, and its artistic director/chief conductor is Yu Long. 

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

The project was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People’s Republic of China considers it a high-priority national project. Located at the south side of the Workers Stadium East Gate in Beijing’s Central Business District, the concert hall covers a site of 11,600 square meters, and has a total floor area of 26,587 square meters. Ma Yansong envisions the concert hall as a hidden gem and a peaceful cultural escape from the city. 

''We wanted to create a pure and sacred oasis in the midst of the bustling city,'' says Ma Yansong, founder & principal partner of MAD Architects. ''From the moment you enter the building, you will be taken to another time and space.'' 

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

To ensure the design also meets the highest standards for classical music performances, the acoustic design was developed by Yasuhisa Toyota, whom has designed world-class concert venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the Suntory Hall in Japan.

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

The building is surrounded by a lotus pond and lush greenery. The translucent façade gently emerges from the landscape like a piece of jade. While walking past the building, people will be attracted to its soft glow. Once inside the lobby, audience members will feel like they are entering an installation of light and space. 

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Lobby view

Daylight is diffused through the translucent white curtain wall into the lucid space. “Audiences will experience a transition from an urban setting to one of music and nature, preparing them for a journey of self-discovery,” says Ma Yansong.

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Lobby view-2

The 1,600-seat main concert hall is laid out in a vineyard style, with the seating surrounding the stage; rising up in serried rows in the manner of the sloping terraces. Its wooden lakes organically surround the stage while the white sound reflection petals on the ceiling are designed to resemble the segments of a lotus flower. 

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

View from cafe

The natural light coming from above will make audience members feel as if they are in the center of a blooming flower. Lighting and visualizations can be projected onto the white petals and choreographed to match the musical performances. MAD has created an abstracted space that allows the audiences to escape from the city and retreat into various sceneries.

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Main concert hall

Adjacent to the lotus pond on the south side of the building is a 400-seat rehearsal hall. The interior is made of curved wooden walls designed for an optimal musical experience. The adjustable sound reflection panel behind the stage can be raised to bring natural light and views of the landscape into the space. 

The building also includes a professional recording studio, a library, a collection gallery, offices, rehearsal rooms, and other auxiliary function spaces.

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Main concert hall-2

The China Philharmonic Hall designed by MAD Architects will begin construction later this year, and is expected to be completed in 2019. Rooted in Eastern philosophy, the China Philharmonic Hall aims to create a new formula for concert hall design and introduce a space within the busy city that promotes conversations between people, nature, and music.

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Small concert hall

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Rehearsal room 

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

3D diagram shows interior arrangement and outer shell

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Model view-1

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Model view-2

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

3D model section 

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Model view

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

Site map

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

1st floor plan

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

2nd floor plan

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

3rd floor plan

MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

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MAD designs a sculptural jade for China’s new Philharmonic Hall

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Project Facts

Location: Beijing, China

Type: Concert Hall

Status: Design development

Site: 11,600 sqm (124,860 sqft)

Building area: 26,587 sqm (286,180 sqft)

Building height: 24m (79ft)

Main concert hall capacity: 1600

Directors: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano

Design Team: Kin Li, Liu Huiying, Fu Xiaoyi, Brecht Van Acker, Zeng Hao, Li Guangchong, Jacob Hu, Xiao Ying, Dora Lam, Zhao Wei, Shen Chen, Dmitry Seregin, Zhu Jinglu, Yukan Yanagawa, Wang Deyuan, Hiroki Fujino, Zheng Fang, Sear Nee

Client: China Philharmonic Orchestra

Architects: MAD Architects

Interior Design: MAD Architects

Acoustics: Nagata Acoustics

Construction Engineer: Radio Film & Television Design & Research Institute (DRFT)

Structural Consultant: China Construction International (Shenzhen) Design Consultant Co., Ltd.

Façade Consultant: RFR Asia

Lighting Consultant: SIGN Lighting

Interior Executive Architect: Beijing Honggao Interior Design Co., Ltd.

Landscape Design: Palm Design Co., Ltd.

Planning of traffic facilities: Beijing Homedale Institute of Urban Planning & Architectural Design

All images © MAD 

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