PES-Architects have designed the Wuxi Grand Theatre in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China.
Located on a man-made peninsula of Wu-Li Lake, Wuxi Grand Theatre is an important new cultural building project of the Tai-Hu New City.
The versatile complex has a 1680 seat Grand Theatre for classical and Chinese opera, ballet, and symphony orchestral music and a Comprehensive Performance Hall with a capacity 690 seats.
Wuxi Grand Theatre design consists of eight wing-like structures, together with the terraced stone plinth, the complex give the impression of a butterfly descending onto the shore. Considering this beautiful form, the building itself looks like a giant sculpture, a work of art.
The main entrance and public spaces have been raised from the surrounding level, creating a stone plinth to take full advantage of the buildings lakeside location.
On the top of this sits the two stone auditoriums, which are linked by the glazed entrance lobby with open views across Wu-Li Lake.
A second public entrance is provided from the lower lakeside level and under the plinth are the technical and service facilities, shared by both auditoriums, as well as parking areas for staff and services, the audience and for VIP guests.
Photography by: Pan Weijun, Kari Palsila, Martin Lukasczyk, and Jussi Tiainen