wutai mountain theater in shanxi offers interactive enlightenment wutai mountain theater in shanxi offers interactive enlightenment
dec 09, 2014

wutai mountain theater in shanxi offers interactive enlightenment

wutai mountain theater in shanxi offers interactive enlightenment
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located in north china’s shanxi province, ‘wutai mountain theater’ forms a series of ascending volumes capable of accommodating 1,600 spectators at any one time. designed by the beijing institute of architectural design (BIAD), under the direction of zhu xiaodi, the building’s form and detailing corresponds with its surrounding mountainous environment. rather than attempting to replicate one of the region’s many temples, the architects sought to create a new type of sacred structure that evoked a dynamic sense of movement.

 

the entire theater was designed specifically for a performance piece by acclaimed director wang chaoge. the work leads visitors through a winding series of sequential spaces that have been configured to offer ‘interactive enlightenment’. each scene is designed to evoke specific life moments, with guests progressing through the building until reaching a stage where they are surrounded by other ‘performers’.

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the building is located in north china’s shanxi province

wind chime palace wutai mountain shanxi china designboom
the large scheme is capable of accommodating 1,600 spectators at any one time

wind chime palace wutai mountain shanxi china designboom
the building’s form and detailing corresponds with its surrounding mountainous environment

wind chime palace wutai mountain shanxi china designboom
reflective paneling adds further dynamism to the structure’s façades

wind chime palace wutai mountain shanxi china designboom
the undulating pattern continues throughout the design

wind chime palace wutai mountain shanxi china designboom
the approach to the theater

wind chime palace wutai mountain shanxi china designboom
the building serves as an important place of pilgrimage

wind chime palace wutai mountain shanxi china designboom
project rendering illustrating the initial design

  • Really simple. Really beautiful. I love it.

    BEN says:
  • Agree. Really, really. So simple, but so nice

    Katyashova says:
  • absolutely beautiful

    rasha says:

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