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Grand Theater
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DESIGNER
 
 
gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
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DESCRIPTION
 
Grand Theater Tianjin China gmp von Gerkan Marg und PartnerThe Grand Theater occupies the key position in the newly built Culture Park of Tianjin. The circular shape of the roof construction corresponds with the existing Museum of Natural History so that an architectural dialogue of an earth-bound and a “floating” circular volume is created to both ends of the park. Earth and sky represent a fundamental thinking in Chinese philosophy.

The roof volume of the Grand Theater opens up toward the broad water surface like an open sea shell. Opera hall, concert hall and the small multifunctional hall are exposed to the water surface like pearls inside this shell.

The three venues are conceived as free standing volumes on a stone base. Broad stairways connect the stone base with the raised plaza creating a kind of stage for urban life which overlooks the lake and the Culture Park.

Vehicular traffic is avoided on the water side. Drop-offs are located to the north and south whilst bus stops are situated along a dwelling mound to the east of the building. All internal areas are located within the base so that an unobstructed internal circulation is achieved.

The roof construction is a transformation of the traditional Chinese element of multiple eaves and thus defines a system of common horizontal layers, which creates an architectural entity of roof, facade and stone base.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Municipality
Tianjin [Tiānjīn]
Town
Tianjin [Tiānjīn]
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
Theatres
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2009     project winner of competition
Realisation
2010 - 2012
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CLIENT
 
 
Tianjin Culture Centre Project and Construction Head Office
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
gross sq.m. 85,000
Capacity
Opera hall 1,600 seats
Concert hall 1,200 seats
Small multifunctional hall 400 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
schlaich bergermann und partner
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STAFF
 
Design
Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke
Project leader
David Schenke, Xu Shan
Design team
Tobias Keyl, Matthias Grünewald, Martin Gänsicke, Susan Schwarz, Verena Fischbach, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme, Duc Nguyen, Di Wu, Fang Xie
Collaborators
Tobias Keyl, Martin Gänsicke, Annette Löber, Plamen Stamatov, Sebastian Brecht, Huan Zhu, Carina Slowak, Ting Zhang, Johannes Erdmann, Michael Tümmers, Lu Han, Di Wu, Fang Xie, Zheng Wang, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme
Architect of record
ECADI
Lighting design
Conceptlicht
Theatre consultant
Kunkel Consulting (Stage technology)
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Christian Gahl
Drawings © gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Text edit by gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Courtesy by gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Grand Theater Tianjin China gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner



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