Inaugurated recently, The Chimelong Theatre, a circus hall on the island of Hengqin, in Zhuhai, China, was conceived to replace the Chimelong Hengqin International Circus City, damaged by a typhoon in 2016. Imagined by Stufish Entertainment Architects, founded by the late Mark Fisher, the project is one of many permanent entertainment spaces designed by the studio in China. Inspired by the iconic circus elements, the volume mimics the curves and undulations of the tent and the stage curtain, creating a circular main auditorium space that seats around 6700 spectators. The theatre was planned to be extra efficient, with entrances on the ground floor and exits on the first canopy level. The seating was divided into 2 components separated by a parade route, topped by a track carrying scenic elements. For emergency purposes, the space was wrapped by multiple circulation cores, resulting in bigger and more accentuated curvature of the facades.
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