Beijing-based Studio Zhu-Pei has designed the Yangliping Performing Arts Center in the city of Dali in China. Situated between the Cang mountain chain, rising 4,000 meters in height, and 40 kilometer-long Lake Erhai, the city of Dali was a significant stop on the ancient tea and horse road, and is now an important tourism destination. The old town has largely been preserved and still has some remains of the historic city wall and gate towers.
Inspired by the powerful surrounding landscape, architect Zhu Pei, Dean, and a professor, of the Central Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture, a visiting professor at Harvard University, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University, searched for landscape-related references to solve the architectonic challenges for the Performing Arts Center. A widely cantilevered rectangular roof spans across a built landscape of free-flowing indoor and outdoor spaces, some of which can be combined as an interacting spatial system.
As with mountains and valleys, the strong shape of the roof reflects the more organic landscape below and points to the old Chinese principle of yin and yang, where two opposites combine together to form a whole. Formally expressed as organic-shaped hills, the partly sunken spaces transform into a natural garden landscape, promising a high experiential quality that extends inside to the public theatre.
Theatre; Amphitheater; Rehearsal hall / Multi-functions hall; Café/Tea/Restaurant; Design shop; Office; Loading and back of house function.
Year of completion: 2020
Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design: Studio Zhu-Pei
Design Principal: Zhu Pei
Lead Designer: Edwin Lam, Shuhei Nakamura
Project in Charge: Virginia Melnyk
Design Team: You Changchen, Han Mo, He Fan, Liu Ling, Wu Zhigang, Gary Poon, Ke Jun, Wang Peng, Wang Zheng, Ding Xinyue, Feng Chaoying, Chen Yida, Han Yi, Lin Wendi, Du Yao
Theater: dUCKS scéno, Creative Solution Integration LTD.
Structure: Professor Fu Xueyi, Master of National Engineering Survey and Design
Facade: Shenzhen Dadi Facade Technology CO., LTD.
Lighting: Ning Field Lighting Design CO., LTD.
Acoustic: China IPPR International Engineering CO., LTD.
Client: Dali Yang Liping Grand Theatre Co., LTD
Construction: The Third Construction CO., LTD. of YCIH
Photography: Jin Weiqi, Zhang Yao
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