Another leading international company has the chance to leave its mark on one of China’s most popular tourist destinations as Heatherwick Studio has been selected by the Haikou Tourism & Culture Investment Holding Group to design a new center for the arts of show for the island province of Hainan.
Located in the capital, Haikou, the center will bring together an opera house, a theater and a concert hall in a vast glass roof to form an “open-air village”.
Partner Eliot Postma says the center will be “an extension of the city [that] will contribute to street life throughout the day.
Featuring a suite of educational, performance and rehearsal spaces, the venue has a total capacity of 3,800 people and will serve as the centerpiece of the cultural district in the Jiangdong urban area.
The project represents Heatherwick Studio’s first foray into operatic design having previously been chosen as co-designers of a doomed redesign of Lincoln Center in 2015. Postma says the inspiration for the design draws from the surrounding volcanic landscape and the costume traditions of Hainanese opera in a way that “blends the formality of performance with the informality of island culture, making the opera more accessible and offering everyone a space to meet whether you have a ticket or not.
Construction will begin shortly before the end of the year. Archinect will share more project updates as they become available.
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