Grand Theater Tianjin, Culture Park: Tianjin Grand Theater

Grand Theater Tianjin Building, Culture Park China

Grand Theater Tianjin, China : New Culture Park Building

Tianjin Theater Building – design by gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

13 Oct 2012

Grand Theater, Tianjin, China

Architect: gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Grand Theater Tianjin Building

The Grand Theater occupies the key position in the newly built Culture Park of Tianjin. The circular shape of the roof construction corresponds with the existing Museum of Natural History so that an architectural dialogue of an earth-bound and a “floating” circular volume is created to both ends of the park. Earth and sky represent a fundamental thinking in Chinese philosophy.

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photos : Christian Gahl

The roof volume of the Grand Theater opens up toward the broad water surface like an open sea shell. Opera hall, concert hall and the small multifunctional hall are exposed to the water surface like pearls inside this shell.

The three venues are conceived as free standing volumes on a stone base. Broad stairways connect the stone base with the raised plaza creating a kind of stage for urban life which overlooks the lake and the Culture Park.

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photos : Christian Gahl

Vehicular traffic is avoided on the water side. Drop-offs are located to the north and south whilst bus stops are situated along a dwelling mound to the east of the building. All internal areas are located within the base so that an unobstructed internal circulation is achieved.

The roof construction is a transformation of the traditional Chinese element of multiple eaves and thus defines a system of common horizontal layers, which creates an architectural entity of roof, facade and stone base.

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Grand Theater Tianjin – Building Information

Location: Tianjin, China
Competition: 2009 – 1st prize
Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke Project leaders: David Schenke, Xu Shan
Design team: Tobias Keyl, Matthias Grünewald, Martin Gänsicke, Susan Schwarz, Verena Fischbach, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme, Duc Nguyen, Di Wu, Fang Xie
Project team: Tobias Keyl, Martin Gänsicke, Annette Löber, Plamen Stamatov, Sebastian Brecht, Huan Zhu, Carina Slowak, Ting Zhang, Johannes Erdmann, Michael Tümmers, Lu Han, Di Wu, Fang Xie, Zheng Wang, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme
Structural engineers: schlaich bergermann und partner
Light planning: Conceptlicht
Stage technology: Kunkel Consulting
Chinese partner practice: ECADI
Client: Tianjin Culture Centre Project and Construction Head Office
Gross floor area: 85,000 m²
Opera hall: 1600 seats
Concert hall: 1200 seats
Small multifunctional hall: 400 seats
Construction period: 2010–12

Grand Theater Tianjin Building images / information from gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

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