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International Performance Center Shenzhen
19 October 2021
Location: Futian District, downtown Shenzhen, China
Ennead Architects Selected To Design The International Performance Center In Shenzhen
Architects: Ennead Architects
International Performance Center in Shenzhen Design
New York / Shanghai (October, 2021) — Chosen as the winner of a three-part open competition worldwide, Ennead Architects will design the new International Performance Center in Shenzhen, China, part of a major cultural development to further cement the city as a world-class metropolitan destination. Referred to as ‘The People’s Performing Arts Center,’ the project will serve the global arts community and the citizens of Shenzhen alike, reimagining the possibilities of immersive performing arts experiences.
Located in the Futian District in downtown Shenzhen, the International Performance Center will be one of three new co-located public cultural buildings, along with the Shenzhen Reform and Opening-up Exhibition Hall and Shenzhen Finance Culture Center, part of a masterplan that will mark a significant cultural addition to one of the world’s leading technology capitals.
Ennead’s winning submission speaks to the intersection of creativity and technology with a design that is both gesturally artistic and technically precise. Two richly textured, golden egg-like shells reflect the duality of Shenzhen’s village past and urban future and create a dynamic building that changes with the time of day and season.
The two primary elements are both dependent and complimentary of one another, just like the relationship between performer and the audience. The undulating forms, as well as the circulation inside, recall the movement of water in the nearby bay. Relative to the surrounding context, the lower scale building design is meant to have an open visual flow.
“Shenzhen is a place of rapid transformation and incredible energy. When we conceived the design for this city, we wanted to create something emblematic of its vitality that is celebratory and welcoming – the two ‘jewels’ are both expressive of the creative power of performance, and reflective, engaging with the civic life outside,” said the project’s designer Stephen P-D Chu AIA, Principal at Ennead Architects.
Currently the Center is planned to be enclosed by a full height glass lobby with an unobstructed visual connection to the city and parks around. Seated within the multilevel atrium, the two golden shells will encase the Dream Theater and the Star Concert Hall. In addition to various flexible practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms, and scene shops, the program also includes a variety of public amenities including a restaurant and an exhibition space. Weaving seamlessly into the city fabric, the Center is meant to be a civic destination that will link to a new subway station hub and a network of underground commercial shopping and amenities.
The Star Concert Hall exemplifies a seamless integration of architecture, technology, and the highest standards of acoustics. The oval shaped, vineyard style hall will have a stage that can fit a full-sized orchestra and seating for around 800 patrons.
The Dream Theater will be a state-of-the-art performance venue where the world’s top performers can present their latest work and around 1600 audience members can enjoy an all-encompassing experience in sound, light, and projection. Additionally, generous performer accommodations and technical spaces will give the Center the flexibility to become a producing theater company and a home for a future Shenzhen orchestra.
This project marks another milestone for Ennead in China, where the firm’s deep experience and commitment to public space have yielded transformative buildings with incredible public impact. Since the opening of the Shanghai office in 2014, Ennead’s work in China spans ground-up new construction of hi-tech and commercial office complexes, to adaptive re-use of existing historic and industrial buildings, to major cultural projects, with a total of more than 2.4 million square meters of building area. Ennead Architects has designed many acclaimed projects in China, including the Huawei Wuhan Research and Development Campus and the highly anticipated Shanghai Astronomy Museum, opening this year.
International Performance Center Shenzhen images / information received 191021 from Ennead Architects
Location: Futian District, downtown Shenzhen, China
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