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Stufish unwraps circular theatre in China

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London’s Stufish Entertainment Architects has created a new 19,500m² theatre in Xishuangbanna, southern China

The ‘Dai Show Theatre’ project for Chinese developer Dalian Wanda Group created a new home for a permanent live water acrobatics production.

The design – which features a 110m diameter golden roof – was based on a sketch by Rolling Stones set designer and Stufish founder Mark Fisher who died in 2013.

Project architect Maciej Woroniecki said: ‘Upon arriving in Xishuangbanna it was difficult not to be impressed by its natural beauty. The ever-present palms gifted us a geometry which informed the primary structure of the theatre in a way that was efficient, elegant and interesting to view.

He continued: ‘This naturally became the living thread for design of the interiors, façade and, further still, into the set design of the show. We wanted the theatre to seamlessly connect to its surroundings, as if it was a living and growing addition to the wider garden of Xishuangbanna.’

The facility is part of Xishuangbanna’s new Wanda International Resort which features apartments, shopping malls, bars and restaurants.

Project data

Architect: Stufish Entertainment Architects
Interior Designer:Stufish Entertainment Architects
Theatre Consultants:Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Clerk of Works: Sandman Associates International
Construction Design: China IPPR International Engineering Co. Ltd
Interior LDI: Beijing Qingshang Environmental Art & Architectural Design Institute Co. Ltd
Concept Engineer: Atelier One
Landscape Designer: DL&C Landscapes Pty Ltd., Guangdong, China
Contractor: China State 11
Client: Dalian Wanda Group


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