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Shenzhen center will host performances in large golden eggs

Shenzhen center will host perf...
The People's Performing Arts Center is slated for Shenzhen, China, and is part of a development push in the area
The People's Performing Arts Center is slated for Shenzhen, China, and is part of a development push in the area
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The People's Performing Arts Center is slated for Shenzhen, China, and is part of a development push in the area
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The People's Performing Arts Center is slated for Shenzhen, China, and is part of a development push in the area
The People's Performing Arts Center was recently the winner of an architecture competition, though we've no word yet on when it's expected to be completed
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The People's Performing Arts Center was recently the winner of an architecture competition, though we've no word yet on when it's expected to be completed
The People's Performing Arts Center will be defined by two large golden egg-like structures that host performance spaces
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The People's Performing Arts Center will be defined by two large golden egg-like structures that host performance spaces
The People's Performing Arts Center will feature a glazed facade
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The People's Performing Arts Center will feature a glazed facade
The People's Performing Arts Center will include a restaurant and an exhibition space
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The People's Performing Arts Center will include a restaurant and an exhibition space
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Shenzhen isn't exactly lacking in eye-catching buildings, but an extraordinary new performance center is sure to make an impression even in this bustling Chinese megacity thanks to its two performance spaces that look like a giant goose has laid golden eggs on the roof.

The project, which recently won an architecture competition, is named the People's Performing Arts Center and is designed by Ennead Architects, the firm behind the stunning Shanghai Astronomy Museum.

The building will consist of a glazed exterior hosting a large glass lobby. The two golden egg-like structures – which, to be fair, are somewhat amorphous and could just as easily be likened to pebbles – will encase the so-called Dream Theater and Star Concert Hall. We've no word on their exact size, but to give a sense of their scale, the Star Concert Hall will feature a stage that can fit a full-sized orchestra, as well as an audience of around 800. The Dream Theater, meanwhile, will host around 1,600 audience members.

Elsewhere in the building will be flexible rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms, as well as a restaurant and an exhibition space, plus performer accommodation and various technical areas necessary for running the theaters.

The People's Performing Arts Center will be defined by two large golden egg-like structures that host performance spaces
The People's Performing Arts Center will be defined by two large golden egg-like structures that host performance spaces

"Ennead's winning submission speaks to the intersection of creativity and technology with a design that is both gesturally artistic and technically precise," says the firm. "Two richly textured, golden egg-like shells reflect the duality of Shenzhen's village past and urban future and create a dynamic building that changes with the time of day and season. The two primary elements are both dependent and complimentary of one another, just like the relationship between performer and the audience. The undulating forms, as well as the circulation inside, recall the movement of water in the nearby bay. Relative to the surrounding context, the lower scale building design is meant to have an open visual flow."

We've no word yet on when the People's Performing Arts Center is due to be completed.

Source: Ennead Architects

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BlueOak
Nobody ever accused money of buying taste.
Nelson Hyde Chick
They look more like golden turds.