Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre

New building containing a 1 200-seat opera hall, a 500-seat dinner theatre, cinemas and a science museum.

Suzhou Culture and Arts CentreView from stage of the multifunctional opera auditorium.
Suzhou Culture and Arts CentreThe 1200-seat opera hall.
Suzhou Culture and Arts CentreLateral view
of the 1200-seat
opera auditorium.
Suzhou Culture and Arts CentreBalconies.
Suzhou Culture and Arts CentreDining Theatre.
Suzhou Culture and Arts CentreThe Suzhou Science & Cultural Arts Centre.
Suzhou Culture and Arts CentreThe Suzhou
Science &
Cultural Arts Centre.
Suzhou Culture and Arts CentreDining Theatre.
Information Sheet


Location   Suzhou, China.

Project Cost   30 million € for the opera hall, 130 million € for the global project including a sciences museum and a multiplex cinema.

Time Frame   Design phase 2004-2005, construction 2005-2007, opened in September 2007.

Owner   Suzhou Science & Cultural Arts Center.

Architect(s)   ECADI (Eastern China Architectural Design Institute), Shanghai.

Theatre Planner(s)   Theatre Projects Consultants (TPC), London.

Seat Count   A 1 200-seat opera hall and 500-seat dinner theatre. Total area 18 000 m².

Uses   Opera hall: Occidental and Chinese opera, symphonic and chamber music orchestras, recitals, amplified events. Theatre: dinner theatre for performances and jazz. Cinema and museum.

Services   Concept of variable acoustics for the 1 200-seat opera (classical as well as amplified music in addition to operatic performances). Comprehensive acoustic consulting services including supervision of design, studies, and opening services.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Project Manager, Brian Katz, Nathalie Faillet, Kahle Acoustics. In collaboration with Zhang Kui Sheng Design Institute, Shanghai, for local construction supervision.

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