Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, Hunan Theatre, Chinese Architecture Images
Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, China
New Commercial Performance Development in China design by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
8 Dec 2019
Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, Hunan
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Changsha, Hunan Province, China
The Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects incorporates a contemporary art museum (MICA), an 1,800-seat theatre with supporting facilities and a multipurpose hall. Its organic architectural language is defined by pedestrian routes that weave through the site to connect with neighbouring streets.
Providing views of the adjacent Meixi Lake from the city and giving access to the parks and walking trails on the lake’s Festival Island, this ensemble of three separate cultural institutions creates external courtyards where pedestrian routes intersect for outdoor events and sculpture exhibitions.
The largest and most versatile cultural centre in Hunan province, the Culture & Arts Centre connects directly with its station on Line 2 of Changsha’s new Metro System.
Located on historic trade routes through China, the city of Changsha’s traditions as an important centre of communications continues as one of the country’s leading media hubs with the centre’s Grand Theatre hosting a popular programme of performances and television productions.
Designed for the widest variety of performing arts, the Grand Theatre provides all front-of-house functions in sculpted lobbies, bars and hospitality suites, as well as the necessary ancillary functions including administration offices, rehearsal studios, backstage logistics, wardrobe and dressing rooms.
With eight juxtaposed exhibition galleries totalling 10,000 sqm centred around an atrium for large-scale installations and events, the MICA art museum also includes dedicated spaces for community workshops, a lecture theatre, café and museum shop.
The Small Theatre is characterized by its flexibility. This multipurpose hall with a capacity of 500 seats can be transformed to different configurations to accommodate a broad range of functions and performances that span from small plays, fashion shows and music performances to banquets and commercial events.
Totalling 115,000 sqm, these three civic institutions are uniquely defined and separate, yet complement each other with different opening times creating vitality throughout the day and evening. The theatre becomes active as the art museum begins to conclude its day-time operations, whilst the variety of events in the smaller theatre ensure it will be used at all times.
Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, Hunan – Building Information
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Location: Changsha, China
Date: 2019 (MICA) 2017 (Grand Theatre)
Client Meixihu Investment
Size: 115,000 sqm
ZHA Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
ZHA Project Director: Woody Yao Simon Yu
ZHA Project Leader: Simon Yu
ZHA Project Associate: Eddie Can
ZHA Project Team: Zhenjiang Guo, Charles Kwan, Fei Wang, Pravin Ghosh, Neil Sansom, Jinqi Huang, Thomas Jensen, Justin Kelly, Wandy Mulia, Uli Schifferdecker, David Chen, Adrian Aguirre Herrera, Aurora Santana, Koren Sin, Johanna Huang, Yifan Zhang, Collin Spelts, Wei You, Fei Liang, Adam Fingrut, Yitzhak Samun
ZHA Schematic Design: Zhenjiang Guo Charles Kwan Jinqi Huang
ZHA Museum Design: Tariq Khayyat Kutbuddin Nadiadi Diego Rossel Gerry Cruz Matteo Melioli Xiaosheng Li Yuxi Fu Thomas Jensen Matthew Johnson Justin Kelly Drew Merkle
ZHA Competition Team
ZHA Project Architect: Tiago Correia
ZHA Project Team: Victor Orive, Fabiano Continanza, Zhenjiang Guo, Danilo Arsic, Ines Fontoura, Rafael González, Alejandro Díaz, Jimena Araiza
ZHA Concept Development: Hannes Schafelner, Philipp Ostermaier, Jakub Klaska, Maren Klasing, Saman Saffarian, Martin Krcha, Maria Tsironi, Spyridon Kaprinis
Local Design Institute: Beijing Architecture, Design and Research, Institute (South China)
Consultants Structural Engineers & Building Services Beijing Architecture Design and Research Institute (South China) Facade Engineering Newtechnic (UK), PFT Construction Consulting (Shanghai) Specialist Acoustics Consultants to the Architect Marshall Day Acoustics (Hong Kong & Melbourne) Project Acoustical Consultants Zhang Kuisheng Acoustical Design Research Studio (Shanghai)
Theatre Management Consultants: Poly Theatre Engineering, Consultancy (Beijing)
Theatre Equipment Consultants: Kunkel Theatre, Engineering & Consulting (Beijing)
Museum Management Consultants: Global Cultural Asset Management (New York)
Specialist Lighting Consultants: Brandston Partnership (Shanghai)
Landscape Consultants: Aecom (Shenzhen)
Transport Consultants: Sinclair Knight Merz (Shanghai)
Project Management: Shanghai Gao Shen Consultants (Shanghai)
General Contractor: Beijing Urban Construction Group
Contractors for Façade: Jangho Group, Yuanda Group
Contractors for Interiors: Hongtao Group, Gold Mantis Construction Group, ZFT Holdings
Structural, Facade & Building Services Engineering (Competition Stage): Buro Happold Engineering
Theatre Consultants (Competition Stage): Theatre Projects Consultants
Photography: ©Virgile Simon Bertrand and ©Seven7Panda
Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, Hunan images / information received 081219
Location: Changsha, Hunan Province, China
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