Qingdao, China (2014)
site area: 13.6 ha
GFA: 54,128 m2
type: civic and cultural, theatre, masterplan
The Wanda Qingdao Grand Theatre and Show Theatre is a bold architectural statement for the newly formed coastline of Qingdao.
The project draws on the rich cultural heritage of the performing arts in Shandong and China. The architectural forms are based on the long sleeve dance of traditional Peking Opera, the elegant facade and flowing lines, intertwining into the landscape that represents a moment in the routine.
The exterior of the facade is defined by a series of metal bands that enclose and wrap the building ? flowing around, and down to the ground at points and pulling up in areas to form the canopies.
The main component of the master plan encompasses both the show theatre & grand theatre, along with VIP drop off and parking and the loading bay for the grand theatre. The west precinct is organised with the two circular/elliptical forms orientated towards a central plaza, and opening up to focus views and the urban axis towards the see. An intimate plaza space is formed between the two buildings, with large expanses of open space opening out to the south where an outdoor stage is located, and towards the north which encompasses space for a red carpet and premiere events.