October 22, 2012, 12:36 pm

The roof volume and the three venues refer to the Earth and sky which are fundamental elements in the Chinese philosophy.

Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects in Tianjin, China. Photography by Christian Gahl.
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‘The Grand Theatre 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 at both ends of the park. Earth and sky represent a fundamental thinking in Chinese philosophy.

The roof volume of the Grand Theatre 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.’

Text by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects
ARCHITECT: gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects, Hamburg, Germany. DESIGN: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke. CLIENT: Tianjin Culture Centre Project and Construction Head Office. LOCATION: Tianjin, China. DESCRIPTION: Cultural / theatre. STATUS: completed. AREA: 85,000 sqm. 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. LIGHTING: Conceptlicht. STAGE TECHNOLOGY: Kunkel Consulting. CHINESE PARTNER PRACTICE: ECADI. DATE: 2012, Competition 2009 – 1st prize. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.
Grand Theatre
Grand Theatre by gmp • von Gerkan, Marg and Partners • Architects in Tianjin, China

The roof volume and the three venues refer to the Earth and sky which are fundamental elements in the Chinese philosophy.

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