Wuxi Grand Theatre

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

Wuxi Grand TheatreThe 1700-seat opera hall as seen from stage.
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Wuxi Grand TheatreThe 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
Wuxi Grand TheatreThe 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
Wuxi Grand TheatreView of the wall concept of stacked curved bands.
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Wuxi Grand TheatreAcoustic reflector, with integrated lighting positions,
installed below the ceiling of the main auditorium.
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Wuxi Grand TheatreView of the Grand Theater on the banks of Lake Tai.
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Wuxi Grand TheatreExterior view of the Grand Theater.
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Wuxi Grand TheatreExterior view of the opera illuminated at night.
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Wuxi Grand TheatreOpening event in the foyer of the Opera.
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Wuxi Grand TheatreWuxi Grand Theatre. Banded Opera House.
© PES-Architects
Wuxi Grand TheatreWuxi Grand Theatre. Banded Opera House, 20 stacked curves.
© PES-Architects
Wuxi Grand TheatreWuxi Grand Theatre. Banded Opera House, second order reflectors.
© PES-Architects
Information Sheet

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Location   Wuxi, China.

Project Cost   150 million €.

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

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

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

Theatre Planner(s)   Akukon Oy, Helsinki.

Seat Count   1 700-seat opera hall and 700-seat comprehensive performance hall. Total area 68 000 m².

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

Services   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.

Team   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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