NYC based Architectural Photographer Yueqi Jazzy Li has recently released a series of summer day photographs documenting Tadao Ando’s latest work in Shanghai’s Jiading district. Composed of a theatre and a tower, the complex creates a sense of serenity while also achieving a level of theatrical playfulness. Using his signature in-situ concrete, Ando creates a theatre building that offers a number of surprising spatial moments as the rectangular volume is intersected by cylindrical tunnels.
▼ 沉稳的剧院与硬朗的办公塔楼，The complex is composed of a theatre and a tower
Photographing this building proved to be a rather inspiring experience. Familiar here is the concrete walls that jut out at an angle, unfamiliar here is also the concrete that sits quietly behind a veil of glass curtain wall. The visual effect of this unusual and somewhat gratuitous double wall helps the building take on different appearances depending on the time of the day and the angle from which one views. Inside, the grand halls are colossal in scale but the wood clad walls that articulate the bored tunnels help counter the grandness with whimsical spatial character. Although the buildings plenty indoor outdoor spaces was largely unused due to the stifling summer heat, those who are adventurous do find it very enjoyable to experience the unpredictably spaces and to be shaded by the massive concrete box. Compared to the massive office tower also by Ando next door, which is very much about a masculine statement, the theatre building seems to have a well balanced blend of masculinity and femininity that together give the building a wonderful theatrical spirit atypical of Ando’s many other zen evoking works.”
▼ 剧院与水景营造出宁静的氛围，The theatre creates a sense of serenity
▼ 方形体量与圆柱形体量穿插交错，The rectangular volume is intersected by cylindrical tunnels
▼ 双层幕墙结构，The double wall structure