Shanxi Opera House, Taiyuan, China

Shanxi Opera House

Conceived as an urban structure, ordering and qualifying all the space that surrounds it, the Shanxi Opera House becomes an element of social and urban identity, simultaneously an iconic building for the city and a place of appropriation for the inhabitants.

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    Shanxi Opera House, Taiyuan, China

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    Type of projectNew construction
    ProgrammeFacilities
    Contracting authorityTaiyuan Municipality
    ArchitectArte Charpentier

    LocationTaiyuan, China
    Studies2012
    Surface area73 000 m²
    Partner architectArte Charpentier

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    1 650 seats
    in the amphitheatre, concert hall with 1200 seats, theatre with 600 seats, VIP rooms, exhibition and rehearsal spaces, dance hall, 1 restaurant.

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    1prize
    Silver Interarch Sofia 2009

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    Shanxi Opera House Taiyuan, China - 2012

    Concept

    Taiyuan is the capital of Shanxi Province in north-eastern China. The city is currently undergoing rapid development, imposing a reflection about its development and its influence. The Shanxi Opera House in Taiyuan is at the centre of these issues. Located in the Changfeng district, in the heart of a “green island”, it contributes to the creation of a new centrality for the city.

    This building consists of three rooms: a room with 1650 seats in the northern part of the building, a room with 1200 seats in the southern part, and a multipurpose room under the terraces. Each room, due to its relative independence, benefits from the appropriate conditions of use and acoustics. The main public entrance is at the top of the stairs. It is accessible from the park side thanks to a set of successive terraces offering views of the cultural island, the river and the mountains. In addition to the halls and several VIP rooms, the Taiyuan Opera House also contains exhibition and rehearsal spaces devoted to music and dance, as well as a panoramic restaurant.

    For the halls and the inner nucleus of the Shanxi Opera House, Arte Charpentier’s work focused on the rationality and purity of the volumes. The facade of the building was designed to reflect the colours of the sky in a sensitive and varied way. Conceived as an urban sculpture, ordering and qualifying all the space that surrounds it, the opera house becomes an element of social and urban identity, simultaneously an iconic building for the city and place of appropriation for the inhabitants.

    The desire to preserve and enhance the views of the Fen River and the mountains gave rise to the idea of a “window” in the building. Designed as an open esplanade under the Shanxi Opera House, this window is both a public space for the city and an opening to the surrounding landscape.

    Programme

    Organisés autour d’un espace commun identifié comme une rue intérieure réalisée en double hauteur, les différents espaces de formation pouvant accueillir jusqu’à 300 étudiants sont répartis sur 2 niveaux :
    • 7 salles de cours,
    • 9 laboratoires,
    • une salle d’analyse sensorielle,
    • un knowledge center,
    • un espace de coworking,
    • un back office et des locaux administratifs.
    • Un espace de vente à emporter
    • et 2 restaurants ouverts au public, également en double hauteur, complètent les espaces de formation dédiés aux étudiants.
    Au sous-sol se trouvent des espaces de réception, de réserves, de stockage, de mise en place et un parking de 54 places.

    Equipe

    Contracting authority
    – Contracting authority: Committee for the Building of Public Equipment in Shanxi
    – User: Cultural service of the city of Taiyuan

    Project management
    – Architect: Arte Charpentier
    – Partner: Shanxi Architecture Institute

    Design office
    – Acoustics: Lamoureux Acoustics, Qinghua University
    – Scenography: ARSCEN, Institute of General Equipmentl, Zhejiang Institute of Scenography

    Specificities
    – Address: Route de la Soie / Changfeng Xi Jie 0300 Taiyuan China
    – Prize: Silver Interarch Sofia Prize 2009
    – Photo credits: DR Arte Charpentier

    Informations

    Type of projectNew construction
    ProgrammeFacilities
    Contracting authorityTaiyuan Municipality
    ArchitectArte Charpentier

    LocationTaiyuan, China
    Studies2012
    Surface area73 000 m²
    Partner architectArte Charpentier

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