Internationally known and award-winning architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects impresses us every time with stunning projects they design all over the world in their unique and innovative manner based on over thirty years of revolutionary research. This time we wanted to show you their new, amazing arts and culture centre project in the Chinese city of Changsa, which is currently under construction after their proposal has been selected as the winning one. Just looking at the renderings and the images speak for themselves: innovative, elegant, integrating values of functionality and introducing a unique, futuristic architecture, the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre will certainly become, after completion, the new cultural and civic landmark for the city of Changsha as well as a global cultural destination.
The Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre will encompass a series of nodes and civic institutions such as a Grand Theatre, a Contemporary Art Museum, a Small Theatre (Multipurpose Hall) and other supporting facilities, uniquely defined and separate, each one having its own distinctive character, but acting like a huge cultural complex that work beautifully in synchronicity with their surroundings. The focal point of this project is the Grand Theatre with a capacity of 1800 of seats, being the largest performance rendezvous in the city. When will be completed, it will have all the necessary functions in order to host performances at the highest standards: backstage logistics, rehearsal rooms, dressing and make-up rooms, wardrobe, administration, VIP hospitality, restaurant, bars, cloakrooms, lobbies, etc. On the other hand, the Small Theatre will have a maximum capacity of 500 seats and will be flexible enough to allow for various configurations.
As the name suggests, Multipurpose Hall, it will be suitable for shows ranging from commercial events and banquets to fashion shows, music and small theatre productions; a venue that will share with its visitors restaurant facilities and retail areas in an open space connected with the basement level. The third attraction will be the Contemporary Art Museum showcasing an original “three fluid petals” architecture that connect the interior gallery spaces with the exterior in a truly seamless fashion. It features an external plaza with views to the Meixi Lake Road acts as an expansive outdoor space for exhibitions, outdoor sculptures and different events.The unique site’s location will be infused with urban vitality by interconnecting them through plazas where visitors can walk and enjoy surroundings views, especially the Meixi Lake ones.
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Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrick Schumacher
Project director: Woody Yao, Simon Yu
Museum design: Tariq Khayyat, Kutbuddin Nadiadi, Diego Rossel, Gerry Cruz, Matteo Melioli, Xiaosheng Li, Yuxi Fu, Thomas Jensen, Matthew Johnson, Justin Kelly, Drew Merkle
Status: Under construction
Location: Changsha, China
Area: 115,000 sq m