Han Show Theatre

Han Show Theatre by Stufish Entertainment Architects




Han Show TheatreThe Han Show Theatre provides the building and staging for a new water show by Franco Dragone. Located in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, it forms the anchor for one end of a major development by Beijing-based development group Dalian Wanda.
Han Show TheatreThe ‘Wuhan Central Cultural District’ development is the first stage of a city-wide programme to provide waterway connections between Wuhan’s six lakes.
Han Show TheatreThe Cultural District includes a programme of offices, residential, cultural buildings and shopping malls along a 2km canal-side site. The development is anchored at the east and west by two cultural buildings designed by Stufish.
Han Show TheatreTo the west, the ‘Han Show’ Theatre overlooks Donghu Lake; the Film Culture Theme Park overlooks Shahu Lake to the east. The concept for The Han Show Theatre is derived from the traditional Chinese lantern.
Han Show TheatreStufish wanted to create an instantly recognisable Chinese symbol that would provide an aesthetic cladding to the theatre’s auditorium and fly tower. The lantern itself is designed to work at many scales. From distant views from across the lake it can be read as a simple symbolic form.
Han Show TheatreUp close the lantern surface is created from thousands of disks each of which is lit both inside and out. Inside the theatre lobby space, the glazed roof of the atrium looks up into the 56m high lantern structure.
Han Show TheatreThe façade of the theatre is assembled from eight ‘bicycle’ wheels with hundreds of spokes that connect it to the main drum of the theatre.
Han Show TheatreThe wheels support a mesh with 25,000 steel disks – the detailing of which was inspired by the Chinese bi disks – an historic Chinese object symbolising skyward ambition and the heavens – an external symbol of what the audience will discover in Franco Dragone’s show.
Han Show TheatreThe show will feature audience seats that move to reveal an 8m deep swimming pool and the largest ever movable LED screens. The technical apparatus will form an astonishing armature for Franco Dragone’s creative genius. The building opened 20 December 2014. Source by Stufish Entertainment Architects.
Han Show TheatreLocation: Wuhan, China
Architects: Stufish Entertainment Architects
Local Design Institute: Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute co. ltd.
Theatre Consultant: Theatre Projects Consultants
Acoustics Consultant: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stufish Entertainment Architects
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