Wuxi Grand Theatre

New opera house with 1700 seats accompanied by a 700-seat comprehensive performance hall.

The 1700-seat opera hall as seen from stage.
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The opera hall features a highly novel wall concept
of stacked curved bands, constructed out of bamboo blocks.
This concept made it possible to “invisibly” integrate
efficient acoustic reflectors into a beautiful architecture.
© Kahle Acoustics
The opera hall features a highly novel wall concept
of stacked curved bands, constructed out of bamboo blocks.
This concept made it possible to “invisibly” integrate
efficient acoustic reflectors into a beautiful architecture.
© Kahle Acoustics
View of the wall concept of stacked curved bands.
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Acoustic reflector, with integrated lighting positions,
installed below the ceiling of the main auditorium.
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View of the Grand Theater on the banks of Lake Tai.
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Exterior view of the Grand Theater.
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Exterior view of the opera illuminated at night.
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Opening event in the foyer of the Opera.
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Wuxi Grand Theatre. Banded Opera House.
© PES-Architects
Wuxi Grand Theatre. Banded Opera House, 20 stacked curves.
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Wuxi Grand Theatre. Banded Opera House, second order reflectors.
© PES-Architects
Projectgegevens

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Locatie   Wuxi, China.

Beuwkosten   150 million €.

Periode   Design 2008-2010, construction 2009-2011, opening May 2012.

Opdrachtgever   Office for the Construction of Important Urban Projects in Wuxi.

Architect(en)   Pekka Salminen, Tuomas Silvennoinen, Martin Lukasczyk, PES-Architects, Helsinki; and Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research (SIADR).

Theateradviseur(s)   Akukon Oy, Helsinki.

Capaciteit   1700-seat opera hall and 700-seat comprehensive performance hall. Total area 68 000 m².

Gebruik   Opera house: Occidental and Chinese opera, symphonic and chamber music orchestras, recitals. Comprehensive performance hall: amplified music and chamber music orchestras.

Werkzaamheden   Full acoustic concept and detailed design of opera hall. Acoustic consultancy services for advice on key parts of the building, including comprehensive performance hall and foyers.

Adviseur(s)   Eckhard Kahle, Project Manager, Thomas Wulfrank, Kahle Acoustics, and Henrik Möller, Akukon Oy, Helsinki. In collaboration with Akukon Oy, Helsinki, and Zhang Kui Sheng Design Institute, Shanghai, for local construction supervision.

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