A seashell-shaped theatre in Tianjin, China

Photo by Christian Gahl
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GMP Architekten‘s Grand Theater hovers above the waterside.

Located in the city’s newly minted culture park, the 85,000-square-metre Grand Theater houses three venues conceived as free-standing volumes: a 1,200-seat concert hall, a 1,600-seat opera hall, and a smaller, multifunctional hall that accommodates 400. The west-facing venues peek out from under the shell-like metal roof like pearls, opening up to a pedestrian-only promenade, offering unobstructed views of the lake.

Inside, the minimalist interior is defined by a simple pallette of white, grey and eggshell tones. Three ribbons of grand staircases guide guests to the large wooden-clad venues.

On the building’s north, south and east sides, parking spaces and drop-off points are provides for vehicles, including buses; while the stone base houses the admin areas, so as not to interrupt the lakeside view.

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