Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas to design Cultural Center in Chengdu


Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas has been announced as winner of an international competition to design and construct the first cultural center in Chengdu, China. In their winning proposal, Fuksas combined four, elliptical shaped buildings with a spiral structure to create an inclusive artist complex that offers a center for the performing arts, a cultural center, offices Writer and Literary Association, and an apartment building for artists.

Learn more about the Chengdu Tianfu Cultural and Performance Center after the break.

© Studio Fuksas

The design was inspired by an ancient symbol of the city of Chengdu, who was devastated by an earthquake in 2008, and is intended to represent the “willingness of the Chinese community to look at the future, focusing on art and culture.”

As described by , the project was “conceived as a symphony of architectural volumes, creating the effect of a music that you can listen to with your eyes. On a total area of about 110,000 square meters, the elliptical shape of each building gives the impression of a perpetual motion and continuous vibration. The surface of the facade is a continuous ribbon coated with a metal skin with openings geometric design that allow natural light to enter the interior of the four volumes.”

© Studio Fuksas

The complex is made up of a center for the performing arts that houses two theaters totaling 1800 seats and a music hall of 600 seats, along with a cultural center with a 3000 seat theater and an exhibition gallery, offices Writer and Literary Association, and an apartment building for artists. All programs are surrounded by green gardens that evoke the colorful, eastern hills of Sichuan.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2013, “reflecting the dynamism and desire to grow of the big community of Chengdu”, which is the fifth most populous city in China.

Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Surface: 89,384 sqm
Area: 110,000 sqm
Cost: 150 million euro
Project Year: 2012

Browse through an impressive list of built works by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas here on ArchDaily!

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas to design Cultural Center in Chengdu" 21 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Patricio

    is anyone else getting tired of the triangular window script used to develop quick designs? its been done a million times, just applied to different surfaces.

  • Vincent Wu

    Havent see any convincing intension or cultural elements behind those loose-connected circles. As a person from Chengdu, I could hardly understand what ancient symbol it is as described.

  • Miguel Salvador

    Copy of Ingel’s Denmark pavillon (Expo xangai 2010)?