Projector lights and recessed luminaires from iGuzzini were used at the Jiu Ke Shu (Nine Trees) Future Art Center near Shanghai. Designed by architect Atelier Frederic Rolland and the Shanghai Construction, Design & Research Institute, the new center for the performing arts acts as a public building letting users escape the busy streets. The complex includes 5 theatres, various types of rehearsing spaces, as well as spaces for public interaction and relaxation.
The Architectural Concept
The name Jiu ke Shu (Nine Trees) aims to make a reference to the infinite. Nine is a number that represents infinity as nine multiplied by itself returns to nine. (9 x 9 = 81; 8 + 1 = 9). Trees make reference to their natural wood surroundings and the continuous cycle of nature through the seasons. This inspiration from the natural surroundings was taken further into the details of the building, The architecture is spacious and dominated by curved lines that connect back to nature. The floor plan is shaped like a seed and the abundant use of glass creates a sense of continuous permeability between the indoors and outdoors.
The Lighting Design
The building’s respect for the environment can also be seen in the systems, which ensure that energy consumption is significantly reduced. iGuzzini luminaires have been used in the great hall where Reflex recessed luminaires brightly illuminate the interweaving of the ceiling beams. The large bas-relief that is located in the center of this vast space is lit, homogeneously and with no shadows for its entire height, by Palco and Front Light projectors. Reflex recessed luminaires also light the perimeter of the vast Grand Theatre hall, which is the largest space in the complex that can seat up to 1200 people.
Light Up Earth recessed luminaires are used outside to create homogeneous lighting for the entire external surface of the first floor of the building, while the theatre’s upper crown is lit by Woody projectors. A rectangular version of Walky recessed luminaires guarantees visitors’ safety when climbing the building’s low access steps.