Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

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Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Theatre and Cinema Building in Shanghai, China – design by BAU

27 Jun 2019

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center

Architects: BAU

Location: Shanghai, China

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Highly Visible
The project is located in Tianshan Road, the new commercial boulevard in Hongqiao, one of Shanghai’s high activity districts. It is surrounded by brightly lit shopping malls built this century.

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

This development replaces and expands on the existing state run cinema centre on the site. The project was the subject of three rounds of invited competition over 5 years before BAU was contracted to design the project.

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Exposure to Difference
This project includes both traditional and modern programs of mass entertainment: theatre (1000 seats) and cinema (seven of various capacities).

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Usually seen as separate programs and increasingly supported by distinctly different user groups, this project presents the opportunity for the two different programs and variable patrons to engage.

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Articulating the programs as separate objects and linking them via an enclosed plaza creates an in-between-space in which the differences between the programs are enhanced, the potential for cross-patronage is maximised, and cross-fertilisation between the performing arts is encouraged.

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

An Assemblage of Difference
The theatre is developed as a stone monolith (a traditional material for a traditional program) with rounded articulation and a theatrical staircase. The cinemas are an ensemble of stacked metal boxes (a 20th Century material for a 20th Century program), the largest of which is suspended above the street corner. The enclosed plaza or mixing-lobby has ticket offices, café, flexible exhibition and event space, and open views to the external plaza and streetscape, also designed by BAU.

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

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Hongqiao Performing Arts Center, Shanghai – Building Information

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects: BAU

Project Status: Completed 2016
Location: No.888 Tianshan Road, Changning District, Shanghai, China
Year: 2006-2016
Client: Shanghai Changning Cultural Bureau
Construction Area: 14,300m2
Typology: Public Public Theatre and Cinema Complex
Program: 1000 seat theatre + support rooms, seven cinemas – 264 seat, 172 seat x 2, 105 seat, 95 seat x 2, 44 seat, café x 2, offices, underground parking (50)
Sustainability Accreditation: China MOHURD 2 Green Stars

BAU Project Team:
Architecture Team: James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jiang Han, Luo Huaili, Liu Shuai, Song Hui, Yang Qing’an, Xia Wen, Emma Rytoft, Rong Yu, Li Fuming
Landscape Team: Robin Armstrong, Luo Li, Liang Yongqing, Chen Qi

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Contractor: Jiangsu Guangyu Construction Group
Documenting Architect and Engineer: Qingdao Times Architectural Design Co., Ltd
Interior Architect: BAU + Shanghai Jianke Architectural Design Institute Co., Ltd
Acoustic Design & Consultant: Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science Group
Theater Stage Tech: Zhejiang Dafeng Industry Co., Ltd.
Cinema Tech: Shanghai Paradise CineTech Co., Ltd.
3D Rendering: BAU

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai

Photographer: BAU256_Image_001-027: Shu He

Hongqiao Performing Arts Center in Shanghai images / information received 270619

Location: Shanghai, China




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