Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES Architects Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES Architects
Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES Architects Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES Architects
Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES Architects Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES Architects

Butterfly effect: Theatre displays wings of steel

05 : 09 : 2012 Acoustics : Venues : Center

Wuxi, China – In this Yangtze Delta city of more than 6m people, Finnish design firm PES-Architects has created a theatre and cultural centre in the image of a descending butterfly.

Set on an artificial peninsula jutting into Lake Wu-Li, the Wuxi Grand Theatre features innovative use of Chinese materials, including 15,000 hand-carved bamboo rods designed to improve the space’s acoustics. Finnish design flourishes are also evident, including rippling glass bricks that evoke a frozen lake. The theatre’s waterside location has prompted comparisons to the Sydney Opera House.

The Wuxi Grand Theatre is the latest example of a cultural construction boom that has resulted in the building of high-profile performance venues in many Chinese cities. Meanwhile, PES-Architects, which has offices in Helsinki and Shanghai, embodies the increasing creative ties between Asian and Nordic countries.

For more on Scandinasian collaborations, read our Milan Design Week report.

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