Chengdu City Music Hall wins World Architecture Festival Award by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

Chengdu City Music Hall

Chengdu City Music Hall
Image © Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, Chengdu City Music Hall in China is the winner of the Competition Entries – Future Projects category at World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2016.

Chengdu City Music Hall
Image © Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

Located at the Wuhou district in Chengdu, China, the Chengdu City Music Hall complex balances cultural components within a dense urban environment disconnected from its traditional connection to nature.

Chengdu City Music Hall
Image © Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

The traditional Chinese landscape paintings or shan shui paintings – ‘shan’ refers to mountain and ‘shui’ to river – are evolved from the surrounding Sichuan landscapes. The use of positive and negative spaces in this art form portrays an interesting balance between the physical and the ephemeral.

Chengdu City Music Hall
Image © Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

These relationships were explored in how to balance the ‘imagined’ creations of the performance venues and school of arts with the ‘tangibles’ of the buildings which contain them. The physical line between the tangible and the ephemeral was celebrated as a stepped public series of connected terraces.

Chengdu City Music Hall
Image © Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

Beneath these terraces are the varying volumes of venues below. Above these terraces are topographic bamboo gardens which provide an impression of the surrounding mountains. These accessible terraces step from the tall dense urban fabric towards the west and down to the more human scale pedestrian district to the east.

Chengdu City Music Hall
Image © Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

The eastern edge is defined by an informal plaza which connects the project to the river and the arts district through the pedestrian ‘Music Avenue’. This design was a shortlisted competition entry. Source and images, Courtesy of Aedas.

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