Massimiliano + Doriana Fuksas Score Another Big Project In China!
December 21, 2012
Already working on a tower and airport terminal in Shenzhen, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas have just landed another project in China: a $198 million cultural and performing arts center in Chengdu, the country’s fifth most-populous city and the capital of the Sichuan Province. The project is part of the city’s effort to rebuild and wipe away the memory of the 2008 earthquake that shattered the region. Read more.
The design proposed by Studio Fuksas refers to an ancient symbol of Chengdu: a sun with spiraling rays. The complex contains four giant elliptical volumes, all wrapped with dramatic metallic ribbons. The perforations in the facades allow natural light to penetrate the buildings.
The campus will total more than a million square feet in floor area. The performing arts center will contain two 1,800-seat theaters and a 600-seat music hall; the cultural center will feature a 3,000-seat theater and an exhibition gallery. In addition, the project calls for offices, apartments for artists, a research and archive facility, a media library, and workshop areas. Construction is set to begin early next year.