April 23, 2013
This project won the 2013 Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Architecture + Weather category. See the full list of winners here.
It is rare for an architect to find an untouched location in a large city that lends itself so perfectly for constructing a monumental building. Like the iconic waterfront Sydney Opera House, the Wuxi Grand Theatre, built by Finland’s PES-Architects, benefits from its location. The theater is on a manmade peninsula on the north shore of Taihu Lake, highly visible from all directions and in particular from the main bridge linking the old and new cities of Wuxi. This prime spot provided the perfect opportunity to design an equally eye-catching roof, which the architects used to place the building in a direct dialogue with the city’s weather.