ertures takes advantage of the changing light conditions throughout the day to create an ever-changing and dynamic environment while supplemental evening lighting mimics these conditions for added drama.
To guide theatergoers into the building, fluted bronze walls—reminiscent of a theater curtain cloaking the drama of the main stage behind it—provide a sense of weightlessness in contrast to the heaviness of the stone above. The entry and ticketing area are recessed back from the pedestrian walkway in order to create a covered plaza that is not only a shelter from the elements, but gives public space back to the street and begins to blur the boundaries of public and private. As such, the public at large, or any casual passerby, is permitted to glimpse and experience part of the building’s theatricality, with or without a ticket.
Gross Floor Area (mq)845
ArchitectsNeri&Hu Design and Research Office
Design teamLyndon Neri & Rossana Hu (principals in charge) Ziyi Cao (associate) Tony Schonhardt (senior associate) Lei Zhao (senior architecture designer) Fongwin Huang (senior project manager) Yifei Lu (architecture designer) Nicolas Fardet (associate in charge of product design) Xiaowen Chen (senior product design) Christine Neri (associate in charge of graphic designer) Siwei Ren (senior graphic designer) Haiou Xin (graphic designer)
Curriculum studio / partecipanteLyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are the Founding Partners of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an inter-disciplinary international architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China, with an additional office in London, UK. Neri&Hu are named Maison&Objet Asia Designers of The Year 2015 and Wallpaper* Designer of The Year 2014. In 2013, they were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame. Their practice was the 2011 INSIDE Festival Overall Winner, won AR Awards for Emerging Architecture in 2010 by Architectural Review and one of the Design Vanguards in 2009 by Architectural Record. Other than architectural professionals, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu have been actively involved in teaching and research. They have been invited to speak, exhibit and judge for many prestigious events and programs all over the world.