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PES-Architects wins design competition for Nanchang Poly Grand Theatre in Nanchang
China Architecture News - Jun 4, 2021 - 15:21 2133 views
Helsinki and Shanghai-based architecture practice PES-Architects has won an invited international competition to design the Poly Grand Theatre in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi province, China. The wavy complex will comprise a 35,000-square-metre theatre and art centre in a single volume.
Set to be built in south of the city by Jiulong Lake, the theatre and art centre aims to be a new cultural hub and landmark of the new urban development zone. The building is scheduled to be completed in 2024.
Main entrance facade
"The main idea of the design is a versatile and communal cultural campus, a building that blends into and opens towards both the commercial urban district and the lakeside landscape," said chief designer Tuomas Silvennoinen, partner at PES-Architects.
Facade main entrance
The main program elements of the building will contain a grand theatre/opera hall, multifunctional theatre, and educational and exhibition facilities - the functions are broken down into three separate volumes, circling each other like fish in a pond.
The architectural language of the building is inspired by the typology of a traditional Chinese village. The volume, introducing angular façades from each side, creates a variety of indoor and outdoor streets and plazas that allow the free flow of people in and around the building.
"The corridors traversing the building are envisioned as a vibrant public space, attracting a wide range of visitors to enjoy the ambience of the cultural complex as well as its events and services," said PES-Architects.
"The central passage provides direct access to all the main functions, with cafés and pop-up performances and exhibitions creating a lively urban setting throughout the day."
The building will also have a 10,000-square-metre underground spaces that will be used for technical and service facilities as well as parking.
The wood-veneered facades of the building will partially be clad with a ceramic and glass tile matrix as a tribute to the ceramics tradition of the Jiangxi province. The curtain wall forms a light and elegant pixelated surface, which also provides protection from the sun.
"We expect construction to begin in 2022 following the final design phase. The competition win is also a testimony to the smooth remote collaboration between our Helsinki and Shanghai offices despite the current travel restrictions," added Silvennoinen.
Passage towards event plaza
View from streets
West & South Facades
Internal Street Elevation & Section
The competition was organised as an invited tendering procedure by Poly Culture Group Co., Ltd, China’s leading theatre management company, which PES-Architects has previously collaborated with on the Wuxi Grand Theatre. A total of five Chinese and European practices were invited to participate.
Invited international competition November 2020, results announced in May 2021
Location: Jiulong Lake New City, Nanchang, Jiangxi province, China
Competition organiser and client: Nanchang Poly Group Corporation Limited
Site area: 81,146 m2
Floor area: 34,990 m2 + 10,000 m2 underground
Functions: Theatre and art centre (grand theatre/opera hall (1,612 seats); multifunctional theatre (450 seats); exhibition, rehearsal and educational premises)
Design team: Tuomas Silvennoinen (chief architect), Jyri Eskola, Lai Linli, Willem Barendregt, Guan Xiaojing, Dou Jian, Lin Jianqiang, Li Yueyang, Zhou Hanxiao, Xu Ziyang, Juho Jääskeläinen.
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