the people’s performing arts center

ennead architects presents its winning entry in an international competition for a new performing arts center in shenzhen. the project takes the name ‘the people’s performing arts center’ and will stand as a new icon signifying the development of the city into a major cultural destination in china. the sculptural building will stand as part of a larger master plan in shenzhen’s futian district. together with an exhibition hall and culture center, the plan will integrate community-driven elements into the technology-driven city.

ennead performing arts shenzhen

the two golden volumes

ennead architects’ ‘people’s performing arts center’ in shenzhen is defined by its two golden organic volumes which softly nestle together. the design team notes that these two soft forms represent the dichotomy of the city’s traditions and its future. these two golden volumes house multilevel atriums, the ‘dream theater’ and the ‘star concert hall’ (see a cross-section in the image gallery below).

the volumes are partially enclosed within a translucent and luminous encasement, a dynamic structure which transforms with the changing weather and passing time. overall, the building signifies visual and formal flows, displaying the open circulation of visitors inside while echoing the waterfront nearby.

ennead performing arts shenzhen

ennead architects in shenzhen 

stephen P-D chu AIA, principal at ennead architects comments on the winning performing arts center in shenzhen:  ‘since the reform and opening up, shenzhen’s rapid transformation and abundant urban vitality are amazing and unbelievable. that’s why we hope that bring in the design the ‘active factor’ that can symbolize the openness, inclusiveness and creativity of the entire city.

ennead performing arts shenzhen
the volumes are partially enclosed within a translucent and luminous encasement ennead architects' performing arts center will occupy two golden volumes in shenzhen
two soft forms represent the dichotomy of the city’s traditions and its future