Zibo located in China’s northern Shandong province was designed by logon has a long history and culture since it was the capital of the ancient State of Qi in 2000 BC. The Qi State contributed many elements to Chinese culture including music, ceramics and was even the birthplace of football.
To accommodate the cultural and educational needs and to provide a renewed urban identity, the new Zibo Grand Theater seeks to become a landmark building of the new city centre; however, its role as city icon in this constantly changing environment of a rapidly developing city required a solid, calm and durable architectural language.
The building is organised in three horizontal units. The podium, with a solid and enclosed facade made of locally produced stone, hosts the entrances and supporting facilities. Above this base, the main body floats over the lake and hosts the three main functions: the Opera Theater, the Concert Hall and the Cinema Center. They are encased with a white ceramic facade, and feature a fine structure of windows draped over the surface. Visually, the large glass windows connect the public spaces with the surrounding city. A unique user experience is enabled thanks to the large glass facade in the Concert Hall where the audience’s enjoyment is enhanced by the surrounding park backdrop through the window when attending a concert.