The construction of the Arts Centre is going now full speed ahead on the bank of the Meixi Lake in Changsha. The complex consists of three buildings: Grand Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum and one smaller event venue.
Opera House will become the largest venue in the city and will offer all possibilities for guest performances of the well-known theatres from all around the world. Multifunctional hall is designed for the flexible use to host different types of events. The transformable hall will be used for banquets, fashion shows, private events, music performances and other events.
The team has designed and planned the complete stage machinery, stage lighting and audio equipment. The client has also commissioned Kunkel Consulting International GmbH with the preparation of tender documents to select suppliers and installers for this equipment.
The new Culture & Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects incorporates a contemporary art museum (MICA), a 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 totaling 10,000 sq.m centered 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 into 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.
Totaling 115,000 sq.m, 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 ensures it will be used at all times.
CULTURAL CENTER – CHANGSHA SHI, CHINA
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Project start: 02/2012
Project type: New building
Venue type: Arts centre, Multifunctional hall, Opera house, Concert hall
Seats: Opera House: 1,811 seatsMultipurpose Theatre: 500 seats
Area: 115.000 m²Photographs: Virgile Simon Bertrand, Seven 7 Panda
Lead Architects: Zaha Hadid, Patrik SchumacherZha Project Director: Woody Yao, Simon YuZha Project Leader: Simon YuZha
Project Team: Zhenjiang Guo, Charles Kwan, Jinqi Huang, Neil Sansom, Pravin Ghosh, Thomas Jensen, Justin Kelly, Wandy Mulia, Uli Schifferdecker, Adrian Aguirre Herrera, Aurora Santana, Koren Sin, Johanna Huang, Yifan Zhang, Collin Spelts, Fei Liang, Adam Fingrut, Yitzhak SamunZha
Schematic Design:Zhenjiang Guo, Charles Kwan, Jinqi HuangZha
Museum Design: Tariq Khayyat, Kutbuddin Nadiadi, Diego Rossel, Gerry Cruz, Matteo Melioli, Xiaosheng Li, Yuxi Fu, Thomas Jensen, Matthew Johnson, Justin Kelly, Drew MerkleLocal Design Institute : Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute (Guangzhou, China)Structural Engineers & Building Services: Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute (Guangzhou, China)
Specialist Acoustics Consultants To The Architect: Marshall Day Acoustics (Hong Kong & Melbourne)Project Acoustical Consultants :Zhang Kuisheng Acoustical Design Research Studio (Shanghai, China)
Theatre Management Consultants: Poly Theatre Engineering Consultancy (Beijing) Co. Ltd.Theatre Equipment Consultants: Kunkel Theatre Engineering & Consulting (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
Museum Management Consultants: Global Cultural Asset Management (New York)Transport Consultants: Sinclair Knight Merz (Shanghai, China)Project Management: Shanghai Gao Shen Consultants Ltd. (Shanghai, China)
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
Competition Consultants:Structural, Facade & Building Services Engineering: BuroHappold Engineering, Theatre Consultants: Theatre Projects Consultants, Acoustics Consultants: Marshall Day AcousticsProject locationAddress: Mei Xi Hu Lu, Yuelu Qu, Changsha Shi, Hunan Sheng, China
Source: kunkel-consulting.com, archdaily.com