Bao’An Performing Arts Centre, China by Rocco Design Architects Associates

International class performance venue overlooking Qianhai Bay and the South China Sea

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Rocco Design Architects Associates’s (RDA) Performing Arts Centre, flagship of the Bao’an Cultural Complex, opened on 17 September 2021 in Shenzhen, China. Overlooking Qianhai Bay and the South China Sea, the building anchors the southern end of the cultural complex. It houses Shenzhen’s first performance hall to be scaled and equipped for international operas, as well as a 600-seat venue and rehearsal facilities. The 28,000-square-metre building will host opera, dance, symphonies, and dramatic performances.

▼表演艺术中心位于文化综合体的南侧边界,The building anchors the southern end of the cultural complex © 张超建筑摄影工作室


The design takes inspiration from the long and narrow waterfront site. The base of the building is a low-slung, wave-like volume that carries a sense of rhythm and movement along the campus’s axis. A delicately perforated facade hearkens back to ancient Chinese craft like wood and ivory carving and produces dramatic visual effects recalling light shimmering on the bay.

▼建筑外观,Exterior view © 张超建筑摄影工作室

▼立面细节,Facade detailed view © 张超建筑摄影工作室


The scrim-like envelope modulates transparency according to the spaces it encloses, creating openings at the public lobbies and gathering areas and becoming more opaque at the theatres and rehearsal spaces. While formally and technically innovative, the facade concept is rooted in traditional Chinese building screens and shadow walls.

▼从文化园区望向建筑,View from the culture campus © 张超建筑摄影工作室


A fly tower tilted 15-degrees off the vertical creates a point-of-orientation that announces the centre as the focal point on campus. Sky-bridges connect the tower to the main volume, offering commanding views over the bay. Gathering areas and elevated porticos line the base of the building, and a restaurant sits at the end of a sloping volume that extends into the plaza, weaving the building into the larger campus.

▼倾斜15度的塔楼与主建筑之间以天桥连接,Sky-bridges connect the tilted tower to the main volume © 张超建筑摄影工作室

▼入口视角,View to the entrance © 张超建筑摄影工作室


Visitors enter through a soaring triple-height lobby. A grand curving staircase and billowing walls finished with wooden slats continue the undulating character of the exteriors. Natural light from above filters in through the perforated facade, creating a lively play of shadow across the space.

▼大堂,Lobby © 张超建筑摄影工作室

▼外立面的波浪形设计进一步延伸到大堂空间 © 张超建筑摄影工作室 © 张超建筑摄影工作室
The interior design continues the undulating character of the exteriors

▼室内细节,Interior view © 张超建筑摄影工作室


The main performance hall will host high-profile productions of opera, classical music, and ballet. Its delicately sculpted walls accentuate the organic geometries of the space and optimize acoustic conditions by muffling background noise and enhancing sonic clarity. The stage comprises six double-layered lifts that can be raised and lowered within a range of ten meters, opening new production possibilities. The orchestra pool can be raised to the height of the main stage to extend the performance area into the house.

▼主表演厅,Main performance hall © 张超建筑摄影工作室

▼观众席局部,Spectator seats © 张超建筑摄影工作室


A 600-seat theatre complements the main performance hall. This space is designed for flexibility to accommodate experimental productions. The stage and seating can be easily rearranged, enabling catwalk, four-sided stage, immersive, and interactive theatre experiences.

▼剧院,Theatre © 张超建筑摄影工作室

▼排练厅,Rehearsal room © 张超建筑摄影工作室

▼表演艺术中心剖面图,Section – Performance Centre © Rocco Design Architects

▼主表演厅剖面图,Section – Performance Hall © Rocco Design Architects

▼声学设计示意,Concert Hall Auditorium © Rocco Design Architects


关于宝安文化区 | About the Bao’an Cultural District


The Performing Arts Centre is part of the Bao’an Cultural District, a 110,000-square-meter arts and performance complex in Bao’An, a newly developed coastal area of Shenzhen. The project was masterplanned and designed by Rocco Design Architects and includes three major new destinations: the Performing Arts Centre, a Library, and a Youth Palace. The Library was completed in 2013 and the Youth Palace in 2018.

▼宝安文化区整体鸟瞰,Bao’an Cultural District – aerial view © 张超建筑摄影工作室

▼宝安文化区总平面图,An Cultural District – Masterplan © Rocco Design Architects

▼表演艺术中心总平面图,Bao’An Performing Arts Centre – Site Plan © Rocco Design Architects

▼功能区分布示意,Diagram – Functions zoning © Rocco Design Architects

▼功能体块分布示意,Diagram – Functions © Rocco Design Architects

▼交通流线示意1,Diagram – Traffic 1 © Rocco Design Architects

▼交通流线示意2,Diagram – Traffic 2 © Rocco Design Architects

▼表演艺术中心一层平面图 © Rocco Design Architects
Bao’An Performing Arts Centre – Plan – Level 1 Ground

▼表演艺术中心二层平面图 © Rocco Design Architects
Bao’An Performing Arts Centre – Plan – Level 2

▼表演艺术中心三层平面图 © Rocco Design Architects
Bao’An Performing Arts Centre – Plan – Level 3

▼表演艺术中心七层平面图 © Rocco Design Architects
Bao’An Performing Arts Centre – Plan – Level 7

Performing Art Centre Design Team

Rocco Yim , Derrick Tsang, William Tam, Herbert Hung ,Martin Fung, Lucia Cheung, Stephen Chan, Simon Ho, Calvin Chung, Ivy Yung, Zachary Wong , Zhu Yi, Seah lee, Jans Liang, Leo Zhou, Chen Lan, Amber Wang, Yang Shi Pei


Performing Art Centre Project Credits
Local Architect: BIAD
Façade Consultant: BuroHappold
Landscape: SWA
Client: OCT


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