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Steven Chilton Architects' Guangzhou Theater is Inspired by the Ancient Chinese Art of Puzzle Ball Carving

11:00 - 19 November, 2018
Steven Chilton Architects' Guangzhou Theater is Inspired by the Ancient Chinese Art of Puzzle Ball Carving, © Steven Chilton Architects
© Steven Chilton Architects

Steven Chilton Architects has released details of their proposed Puzzle Ball Theatre in the Huadu District of Guangzhou, China. The 2000-seat spherical scheme is influenced by the ancient art of puzzle balls; “intricately carved sculptural ornaments consisting of several concentric spheres, each freely rotating with the next and traditionally formed from a single block of material.”

The Chilton scheme, along with the original Yue-inspired show it will contain, seeks to evoke the characteristics and qualities of the ancient art, through a spherical massing, asymmetric overlapping patterns, and a complex surface geometry.

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Steven Chilton Architects Builds a Forest of White Columns Around Wuxi Taihu Show Theater

04:30 - 5 October, 2018
Steven Chilton Architects Builds a Forest of White Columns Around Wuxi Taihu Show Theater, Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects
Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects

Steven Chilton Architects has designed a forest of white columns and a latticed metallic roof around the Wuxi Show Theater in China. The screen of angled columns surrounding the circular building was inspired by the Sea of Bamboo, a national park with one of the biggest bamboo forests in the country. Opening in December 2019, the design will provide a permanent home for Belgian theatre director Franco Dragone's show, the House of Dancing Water.

Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects + 12