The Rayograph

Curtain Rises on a Chic, Shining Theatre in China

Finnish firm PES-Architects has designed this theatre in Wuxi, China. The Wuxi Grand Theatre perches on an artificial peninsula on Taihu Lake, its eight large wings of perforated aluminum reaching out toward sky and water. At night, the roof lights up, its roof panels illuminated by thousands of color-shifting LED lights. In addition, there are glowing columns that lead up to the main entrance, as well as continue on into the interior. Within, there is a spacious auditorium, its form covered by 15,000 solid bamboo blocks that help enhance acoustics. While Finnish landscapes, lakes, and ice inspired a few of the structure’s component design features – for example, the calculated use of many thousands of custom-made glass bricks – the building was also designed with its surroundings in mind. Architects used a great deal of bamboo throughout, as well as tailored the building’s organic curves and lines to fit in with its lakeside, peninsular position. Overall, it’s a very striking creation. Take a closer look, thanks to these photographs taken by Pan Weijun, Kari Palsila, and Jusi Tiainen.

Via Dezeen.

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