Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center / BAU

Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center / BAU

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Shanghai, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project BAU
  • Area Area of this architecture project
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  • Design Team

    James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jiang Han, Luo Huaili, Liu Shuai, Song Hui, Yang Qing’an, Xia Wen, Rong Yu, Li Fuming
  • Unit

  • Landscape Team

    Huang Fang, Robin Armstrong, Luo Li, Liang Yongqing, Chen Qi
  • Interior Architect

    BAU + Shanghai Jianke Architectural Design Institute Co., Ltd
  • 3D Rendering

  • Contractor

    Jiangsu Guangyu Construction Group
  • Documenting Architect and Engineer

    Qingdao Times Architectural Design Co., Ltd
  • Client

    Shanghai Changning Cultural Bureau
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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. This development replaces and expands on the existing state run cinema center 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.

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Exposure to difference

This project includes both traditional and modern programs of mass entertainment: theater (1000 seats) and cinema (seven of various capacities). 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. 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 maximized, and cross-fertilization between the performing arts is encouraged.

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An assemblage of difference

The theater 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.

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Project location

Address: No.888 Tianshan Road, Changning District, Shanghai, China

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Cite: "Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center / BAU" 18 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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文化与商业的交融: 上海虹桥艺术中心 / BAU

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