Shanxi Grand Theater Taiyuan

The ‘urban sculpture’ is a new social and cultural landmark in Taiyuan. Photo Shen Zhonghai.

TAIYUAN – In northeastern China, a massive opera house has birthed a new centrality for the city of Taiyuan.

The granite façade resembles a skin that reflects light in various ways throughout the day and night. Arte Charpentier Architectes say this makes the building an ‘urban structure’ and becomes an element of the city’s social identity.

Inside, the structure will have three theatres: a large 1600-seat and smaller 1000 and 600-seat halls. It will also hold a library, cultural centre, City of Sciences and Taiyun City Museum.

The theatre will open in April 2012.

Billboard: German Design Council
Billboard: German Design Council

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