Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center

Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center

BAU (Brearley Architects & Urbanists)
888 Tianshan Road, Changning District, Shanghai, China | View Map
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Cultural Centres

Shu He

Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center

BAU (Brearley Architects & Urbanists) as Architects

Highly Visible

The Project Is Located In Tianshan Road, Thenew Commercial Boulevard In Hongqiao, One Ofshanghai’s High Activity Districts. It Is Surroundedby Brightly Lit Shopping Malls Built This Century.This Development Replaces And Expands On

The Existing State Run Cinema Centre On The Site.The Project Was The Subject Of Three Rounds Ofinvited Competition Over 5 Years Before Bau Wascontracted To Design The Project.


Exposure To Difference

This Project Includes Both Traditional And Modernprograms Of Mass Entertainment: Theatre (1000seats) And Cinema (Seven Of Various Capacities). Usually Seen As Separate Programs Andincreasingly Supported By Distinctly Different Usergroups, This Project Presents The Opportunityfor The Two Different Programs And Variablepatrons To Engage. Articulating The Programsas Separate Objects And Linking Them Via Anenclosed Plaza Creates An In-Between-Space Inwhich The Differences Between The Programs Areenhanced, The Potential For Cross-Patronage Ismaximised, And Cross-Fertilisation Between Theperforming Arts Is Encouraged.


An Assemblage Of Difference

The Theatre Is Developed As A Stone Monolith(A Traditional Material For A Traditional Program)With Rounded Articulation And A Theatricalstaircase. The Cinemas Are An Ensemble Ofstacked Metal Boxes (A 20th Century Materialfor A 20th Century Program), The Largest Ofwhich Is Suspended Above The Street Corner.The Enclosed Plaza Or Mixing-Lobby Has Ticketoffices, Café, Flexible Exhibition And Event Space, And Open Views To Theexternal Plaza And Streetscape, Also Designedby Bau.

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