Chinese millionaire cities are in dire need of spacious theaters and concert halls, often designed by foreign architects such as Zaha Hadid, Paul Andre and the gmp workshop. The French bureau Arte Charpentier was no exception: among their works is the Bolshoi Theater in Shanghai, but now they have completed a similar construction in Taiyuan.
This city, the capital of Shanxi province, is now actively developing and expanding, while its urban structure is also changing. The Bolshoi Theater is located at a key point in the new Changfeng District, which claims to be the center of Taiyuan.
The important urban planning role of the building determined its solution: it is an “urban sculpture”, “an element of social and urban identity”. The rock-like volume of the building is erected on a spacious esplanade, and wide staircases lead to the entrance to the theater. A huge opening in its center serves as a stage for outdoor performances, set with panoramic views of the Fenhe River and the city.
The metal cladding of the facades reflects multi-colored illumination at night and changeable sunlight during the day. The interior has three halls: for 1600, 1000 and 600 spectators, respectively. The official opening of the theater is scheduled for April 2012.