chengdu china

Client: Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition Centre Co. Ltd
Completion Date: N/A
Area: 50,000 square meters for opera house, 30,000 square meters for art gallery

The scale of the project sometimes dictates the scale of the concept.

The chengdu opera house and art gallery project is divided into three parts: landscape, galleries, and opera house. The landscape enmeshes earth, water, and sky by radically forcing arrivals underground - beneath a level that is filled with water, seen as a filigree structure that supports the “floating” buildings. The galleries are stacked spaces providing a variety of exhibiting conditions, innervated by circular glass tubes like a living body.

The opera house embodies principles of diversity (of use echoed in the use of space) and movement. visitors are presented with a rich visual array of levels: the great hall and the lobby are stacked on top of each other like bowls; stairs, ceiling, floor and walls are almost indistinguishable. Climbing the vast canvas of stairs, visitors reach horizontal areas that intersect at each level.