Chien Architects & Associates/Stonehenge Architects International
This competition calls for a complex of four venues: a concert hall, a grand theater, a playhouse and a black box theater; Arts related programs such as classrooms, art stores, restaurant and cafes also needed to be included. Our proposal tries to shape this complex into a truly public place. It is located in a linear stretch of the park. Longitudinally the design provides a covered inner “street” for all the arts-related activities; horizontally it allows the park visitors to pass through freely; and vertically it transports the theater audiences and prevents interference from other functions. The complex becomes an integrated part of the large urban park, both in its form and function.
The design borrows the spirit in three unique brush strokes of Chinese calligraphy: the “thick”, the “dry” and the “permeated”. The solid and the void inherent in these strokes transform into three types of building masses: the "solid" for the stages, the "semi-solid" for the foyers, and the "transparent" for the general public functions. The four performance venues are distributed within this space where three curvilinear forms interlock. From the outside, the public can view the flow of activity in the buildings through a transparent glass and steel frame structure.
The four auditoria are each part of an egg-shaped volume. The geometry of the egg is deconstructed to these four pieces, each with partial forms of "shell" and "yolk." The remaining smaller masses are then dispersed in the plaza and park, serving as the vertical circulation to the basement or other facilities.