gmp architekten: grand theater, tianjin
oct 11, 2012
gmp architekten: grand theater, tianjin


‘grand theater’ by gmp architekten, tianjin, china
image © christian gahl
all images courtesy of gmp architekten

 

 

 

german practice gmp architekten have completed the ‘grand theater’ situated within the culture park of tianjin in china. introducing the philosophical thinking about the earth and sky with a half-circular roof which floats above the grounds and responds to its neighbor, the museum of natural history. spanning the width of the lake, the form opens to the sea like a seashell. comprised of multiple eaves and many horizontal layers, the canopy becomes a unified entity, reading separately from the building and its base. resting above the stone podium, the opera hall, concert hall and small multifunctional hall each are exposed to overlook  the water, like pearls inside a shell.

 

the raised plaza creates a stage for the activity which takes place within the park setting. vehicular access is limited to the northern and southern edges of the site while bus stops are positioned to the east. internal circulation occurs within the base.


bird’s view
image © christian gahl


horizontal layers form an architectural unit including the roof, facades and stone base
image © christian gahl


the grand theater roof floats above the raised podium level
image © christian gahl


foyer of the opera theater
image © christian gahl


the opera theater
image © christian gahl


concert hall
image © christian gahl


site plan
image © gmp


floor plan / podium level
image © gmp


section
image © gmp

 

 

 

project info:

 

competition: 2009 – 1st prize
design: meinhard von gerkan and stephan schütz with nicolas pomränke
project leaders: 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
project team: 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
structural engineers: schlaich bergermann und partner
light planning: conceptlicht
stage technology: kunkel consulting
chinese partner practice: ECADI
client: tianjin culture centre project and construction head office
gross floor area: 85,000 m2
opera hall: 1600 seats
concert hall: 1200 seats
small multifunctional hall: 400 seats construction period 2010–2012

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