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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Tianjin Grand Theater in China by gmp Architekten

October 14th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: gmp Architekten

The Grand Theater 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 to both ends of the park. Earth and sky represent a fundamental thinking in Chinese philosophy.

Bird‘s view day - Image Courtesy Christian Gahl

  • Architects: gmp Architekten
  • Project: Tianjin Grand Theater, China
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Competition: 2009 – 1st prize
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke
  • 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
  • Photos: Christian Gahl

Bird‘s view night - Image Courtesy Christian Gahl

  • Structural engineers: schlaich bergermann und partner
  • Light planning: Conceptlicht
  • Stage technology: Kunkel Consulting
  • Chinese partner practice: ECADI
  • Client: Tianjin Culture Centre Project and Construction Head Office
  • Gross floor area: 85,000 m²
  • Opera hall: 1600 seats
  • Concert hall: 1200 seats
  • Small multifunctional hall: 400 seats
  • Construction period: 2010–2012

Horizontal layers form an architectural unit including the roof, facades and stone base - Image Courtesy Christian Gahl

The roof volume of the Grand Theater 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 Grand Theater roof floats above the raised podium level - Image Courtesy Christian Gahl

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.

Foyer of the opera theater - Image Courtesy Christian Gahl

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 opera theater - Image Courtesy Christian Gahl

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.

The concert hall - Image Courtesy Christian Gahl

Site plan - Image Courtesy gmp

Layout plan of podium level - Image Courtesy gmp

Opera theater: Section - Image Courtesy gmp

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