• Location: Shenzhen, China 

  • Date: 2008–2013   

  • Size: 52,000 m2 

  • Client: Building Department of Shenzhen

  • Architecture/Interior Design:
    ZDA-ZOBOKI Építésziroda

  • Design team: Gábor Zoboki DLA habil., Nóra Demeter DLA, Csaba Silvester, Zoltán Turi, János Erőss, István Országh, Gábor Szatmári, László Rózsás, Péter Böhler, Nóra Hess, Endre Finta, Csaba Rajnai, Richárd Borzák, László Kakas, Linda Tolnai, Miklós Leits, Béla Reppert, Adrián Savanyú, Krisztián Jancsó, Béla Szokolay, Erik Halmosi, Eszter Kovács

A new performing arts facility inaugurated recently in Shenzhen, China, designed by Zoboki-Demeter and Associates Architects (ZDA), has joined the ranks of one of the most unique cultural venues in China. The building houses a multi-functional concert hall holding 1400 seats, a children's theatre of 350 seats and extensive public spaces, all embodied in a large complex of cultural and sports facilities in the heart of Nanshan District. The project is the result of a design process of several years. The architects concentrated upon the local needs as defined by the client, the mayor of the district, who wished to ensure that the building was planned and built from the perspective of the local community. Despite the general practice in large Asian metropolises, the concert hall works without amplification, offering a new concert venue with world-class acoustics within its wooden-clad hall. Adjacent to the large concert hall a smaller theatre has been created, envisaged as a venue for smaller productions for children—one of the most significant members of the growing cultural communities emerging in China. The complex is linked to a larger sports facility, hosting an array of athletic and sports events for the residents of Nanshan. ZDA also designed a contemporary art museum on the public square, which works with the performing arts facility as a joint complex. The museum was conceived to house a variety of local and international art exhibitions and installations.

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