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Stufish completes brace of cultural venues in Wuhan

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[First look + project data] London’s Stufish Entertainment Architects has created a new theatre and a separate indoor theme park in Wuhan, China

The two projects for Dalian Wanda Group are located at opposite ends of a 2 kilometre-long waterfront plot which is planned to become a new cultural district for the city.

Overlooking Donghu Lake, the 2,000-seat Han Show Theatre will host a new acrobatic water performance designed by former Cirque du Soleil director Franco Dragone

Inspired by a traditional Chinese paper lantern, the tubular steel structure features a series of surface cable nets supporting red concave aluminium disks. Each disk features LEDs which allow the building to become a giant video screen.

The interior features moveable auditorium seats, a 10 million litre performance pool and three moveable LED screens mounted on robot arms.

Project architect Jenny Melville said: The unique vision for the auditorium and show required vast and complex design integration. The entire building programme had to be configured specifically for and around the auditorium whilst also fitting within a constrained urban site.’

The £450 million Wanda Movie Park at nearby Shahu Lake meanwhile features six film-related ‘ride’ attractions including a 4D cinema, 5D cinema, flight theatre, immersive and interactive live performances, and a space theatre.

Inspired by the local Wuhan Bianzhong bells relic, the 60 metre-tall undulating structure features 11,000 geometric aluminium coated in fluorocarbon paint which cleans itself in the rain.

The 100,000m² building also includes a cantilevered entrance canopy and double height shop fronts overlooking the lake.

Both schemes were commissioned in 2010 three years before Stufish’s founder, the seminal Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd set designer Mark Fisher died.

Stufish chief executive Ray Winkler said: ‘Mark Fisher has laid solid foundations for Stufish to move forward and go from strength to strength.

‘His creative approach to problem solving and his willingness to share his insights with the team of talented architects and designers in the studio, has given us the motivation and ability to explore the unexplored.’

The studio is currently working on another purpose-built theatre in Xishuangbanna, China which is set to complete this year.

Project data

Han Show Theatre

Architects: Stufish Entertainment Architects
Theatre Consultant: Theatre Projects Consultants
Acoustics consultant: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Local Design Institute: Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute

Wanda Movie Park

Architects: Stufish Entertainment Architects
Location: Wuhan, China
Client/Developer: Dalian Wanda Group
GFA/Area: 100,000 sqm
Theme Park Consultants: Forrec
Local Design Institute: Tongji Design Institute




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