Located close to Lake Taihu in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China, the Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre concept was inspired by the Sea of Bamboo Park in Yixing, the largest bamboo forest in China. The 2000 seat theatre has been designed to house a permanent water show by Franco Dragone and it is due to open in 2019.
The building’s appearance is composed of three primary elements, the columns, the shade canopy and the building envelope. Representing an abstract impression of a bamboo forest, the slender white columns are positioned around the perimeter of the building in such a way as to provide a screen between the building façade and surrounding landscape. The ‘bamboo’ columns clear around the various entrances to help frame the accesses into the building.
▼细长的白色柱子是对竹林的抽象化表达，the slender white columns represent an abstract impression of a bamboo forest
▼在入口处，“竹林”被徐徐“拨开”，the ‘bamboo’ columns clear around the various entrances to help frame the accesses into the building
▼天蓬和立柱系统生成过程，canopy and column setting-out process
The shade canopy wraps around the perimeter of the building at roof level. Conceptually, it represents the canopy of leaves that exist at the top of a bamboo forest. The canopy is made up of various triangular bays containing rows of gold anodised aluminium louvres. Each bay is orientated randomly to create an organic quality to the structure and light and shade patterns that fall across the building envelope through the day. Each bay of louvres is also set at different angles to heighten the sense of variation when viewed from different angles.Structurally, each bay of louvres is supported on a triangular lattice structure that braces the tops of the columns and transfers their load into the primary structure of the building. The environmental purpose of the shade canopy and columns are to provide shade over the surface of the façade to passively lower the cooling load on the building.
▼环绕着建筑的天蓬象征着竹林顶端的茂密竹叶，the shade canopy wraps around the perimeter of the building at roof level, which represents the canopy of leaves of a bamboo forest
▼三角形的金色阳极氧化铝窗格，a various triangular bays containing rows of gold anodised aluminium louvres
The building envelope is primarily composed of rendered and painted block-work and curtain wall glazing. The glazing is the full height of the building in and above the entrance lobby to provide maximum views into and out of the main public areas. It is fritted with white and gold stripes that travel the full height of the building mimicking the ‘bamboo’ columns and contributing to the effect of the building being the outer edge of a forest of bamboo.
▼外墙表面装饰以白色和金色的条带图案，同样模仿了竹林的形态，the glazing is fritted with white and gold stripes that travel the full height of the building mimicking the ‘bamboo’ columns
At night, the building envelop is illuminated from below, becoming an ethereal beacon, glimpsed between the forest of ‘bamboo’ columns, drawing spectators and audience in from across the lake and surrounding development.
▼水岸视角，view from the waterfront
▼在广场上，on the square
▼顶篷窗格细部，anodised aluminium louvre detail
Architect: SCA | Steven Chilton Architects
Client: Dalian Wanda Group
Architecture and Design Management: Wanda Cultural Tourism Planning & Research Institute Co. Ltd
Concept Engineer: Buro Happold Engineering
Theatre Consultant: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Show Design: Dragone
LDI: Tongji Architectural Design