Fuzhou Strait Culture and Arts Center

The starting point for the design was “extraordinary experiences for ordinary users”, with the aim of creating a new type of cultural centre. The SCAC, Fuzhou Strait Culture and Arts Centre, similar in size to the Sydney Opera House, will be on the south-eastern coast, in a major commercial area between Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinThe Fuzhou Strait Culture and Arts Center comprises
five different venues linked by a single-level lobby space
open to the public.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinPerspective from the Liangcuo river onto
the Fuzhou Strait Culture and Arts Center.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinThe future Strait Culture and Art Centre for the city of Fuzhou.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinThe 1 600-seat opera hall, based on the classical Italian
horseshoe theatre typology.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinThe 1 000-seat concert hall with the audience all around the stage, ensuring high visual and acoustic intimacy.
The furthest seat will be only 22 metres away from the stage.
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Information Sheet

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Location   Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China.

Project Cost   2 billion Yuan (approx. 320 million €).

Time Frame   Competition: 2014. Design: 2014-2015. Construction: 2015-2017. Opening: 2017.

Owner   Mawei New Town construction Development Co. Ltd.

Architect(s)   PES-Arkkitehdit Oy, Helsinki, in collaboration with China Construction Engineering Design Group Corp, Fu.

Seat Count   The Fuzhou culture centre comprises an opera house with 1 660 seats (based on the Italian horseshoe theatre), a concert hall with 1 000 seats (based on the vineyard paradigm), a multifunctional theatre with 700 seats (shoebox hall), an art exhibition building, a movie centre, and commercial premises. Gross floor: 151 821 m².

Uses   The opera house will host Chinese and classical Western operas. The concert hall will host classical and amplified music performances. The multifunctional theatre will hold conferences, theatre, (trade) shows and amplified music concerts.

Services   Room acoustic design for the main performance spaces (1 000 seat concert hall and 1 660 seat opera hall), from competition to final design.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Thomas Wulfrank, Yann Jurkiewicz and Juan Óscar García Gómez, Kahle Acoustics. In collaboration with Henrik Möller Akukon, Helsinki, and Wang Jing Bo (TJAD, Tongji University).

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