Architecture

Curved aluminum facade raises the curtain on Chinese theater

The Xiqu Centre's exterior comprises a modular system of scaled aluminum that was CNC-cut from untreated marine-grade piping
The Xiqu Centre's exterior comprises a modular system of scaled aluminum that was CNC-cut from untreated marine-grade piping
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The Xiqu Centre has been in the works for quite some time and was built to a considerable budget of US$347 million
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The Xiqu Centre has been in the works for quite some time and was built to a considerable budget of US$347 million
The Xiqu Centre's facade comprises a modular system of scaled aluminum that was CNC (computer numerically controlled) cut from untreated marine-grade piping
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The Xiqu Centre's facade comprises a modular system of scaled aluminum that was CNC (computer numerically controlled) cut from untreated marine-grade piping
The Xiqu Centre's interior measures 320,000 sq ft (29,728 sq m)
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The Xiqu Centre's interior measures 320,000 sq ft (29,728 sq m)
"Qi (meaning flow) is expressed throughout the complex with curvilinear paths and forms and arched entrances designed around a mesmerizing, multi-level circular atrium," says Revery Architecture
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"Qi (meaning flow) is expressed throughout the complex with curvilinear paths and forms and arched entrances designed around a mesmerizing, multi-level circular atrium," says Revery Architecture
The Xiqu Centre's facade consists of 25,000 pieces of aluminum 
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The Xiqu Centre's facade consists of 25,000 pieces of aluminum 
The Xiqu Centre's exterior comprises a modular system of scaled aluminum that was CNC-cut from untreated marine-grade piping
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The Xiqu Centre's exterior comprises a modular system of scaled aluminum that was CNC-cut from untreated marine-grade piping
The Xiqu Centre's Grand Theatre is flanked by two sky gardens offering visitors choice views of Victoria Harbour
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The Xiqu Centre's Grand Theatre is flanked by two sky gardens offering visitors choice views of Victoria Harbour
The Xiqu Centre's Grand Theatre is flanked by two sky gardens offering visitors choice views of Victoria Harbour
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The Xiqu Centre's Grand Theatre is flanked by two sky gardens offering visitors choice views of Victoria Harbour
The Xiqu Centre has been in the works for quite some time and was built to a considerable budget of US$347 million
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The Xiqu Centre has been in the works for quite some time and was built to a considerable budget of US$347 million
The Xiqu Centre is located in Hong Kong's burgeoning Kowloon Cultural District
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The Xiqu Centre is located in Hong Kong's burgeoning Kowloon Cultural District
Closeup shot of the Xiqu Centre's aluminum facade
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Closeup shot of the Xiqu Centre's aluminum facade
The Xiqu Centre's interior measures 320,000 sq ft (29,728 sq m)
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The Xiqu Centre's interior measures 320,000 sq ft (29,728 sq m)
The Xiqu Centre includes a smaller secondary theater
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The Xiqu Centre includes a smaller secondary theater
The Xiqu Centre measures 320,000 sq ft (29,728 sq m)
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The Xiqu Centre measures 320,000 sq ft (29,728 sq m)
"Qi (meaning flow) is expressed throughout the complex with curvilinear paths and forms and arched entrances designed around a mesmerizing, multi-level circular atrium," says Revery Architecture
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"Qi (meaning flow) is expressed throughout the complex with curvilinear paths and forms and arched entrances designed around a mesmerizing, multi-level circular atrium," says Revery Architecture
The Xiqu Centre includes exhibitions and stalls promoting the area's cultural heritage
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The Xiqu Centre includes exhibitions and stalls promoting the area's cultural heritage
The Xiqu Centre includes exhibitions and stalls promoting the area's cultural heritage
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The Xiqu Centre includes exhibitions and stalls promoting the area's cultural heritage
Inside the Xiqu Centre's 1,073-seat Grand Theatre
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Inside the Xiqu Centre's 1,073-seat Grand Theatre
The Xiqu Centre's 1,073-seat Grand Theatre is suspended above the ground
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The Xiqu Centre's 1,073-seat Grand Theatre is suspended above the ground
The suspended design of the Xiqu Centre protects the space against vibrations and noise from the city 
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The suspended design of the Xiqu Centre protects the space against vibrations and noise from the city 
Inside the Xiqu Centre's 1,073-seat Grand Theatre
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Inside the Xiqu Centre's 1,073-seat Grand Theatre

Revery Architecture recently completed work on a performing arts center in Hong Kong's Kowloon Cultural District. The Xiqu Centre features a striking facade made up of curved aluminum that envelops glazing. The firm likens the effect to a lantern shimmering behind a beaded stage curtain.

Created in collaboration with Ronald Lu & Partners, the Xiqu Centre has been in the works for quite some time (Revery Architecture was previously named Bing Thom Architects) and was built to a considerable budget of US$347 million. The aluminum facade comprises a total of 25,000 pieces that were CNC (computer numerically controlled) cut from untreated marine-grade aluminum piping in alternating patterns around the building. The result is quite unusual.

Closeup shot of the Xiqu Centre's aluminum facade
Closeup shot of the Xiqu Centre's aluminum facade

The interior of the building measures 320,000 sq ft (29,728 sq m) and is centered around a suspended theater. This was first built on the ground and then lifted into place and suspended on six large columns. The rest of the Xiqu Centre was then constructed around it. As well as being novel, the suspended design serves a practical purpose and helps, along with dampening and other measures, to mitigate the vibration and sounds from the surrounding city. This is crucial as a rail line runs underground beneath the theater.

"Qi (meaning flow) is expressed throughout the complex with curvilinear paths and forms and arched entrances designed around a mesmerizing, multi-level circular atrium," says Revery Architecture. "The innovative design decision to suspend Xiqu Centre's breathtaking 1,073-seat Grand Theatre at the top of the building 90 ft (27 m) off the ground, facilitates internal configuration of the atrium and public plaza while strategically isolating the auditorium from vibration and the high ambient noise levels of its surrounding urban infrastructure. This inventive design move was hugely beneficial in enabling construction to safely occur within and below the theater simultaneously, resulting in a reduced construction timeline."

The Xiqu Centre's interior measures 320,000 sq ft (29,728 sq m)
The Xiqu Centre's interior measures 320,000 sq ft (29,728 sq m)

The elevated theater is flanked by two sky gardens offering choice views of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, while elsewhere in the Xiqu Centre lies a 200-seat Tea House theater, rehearsal studios, recording studios, education and administrative spaces, lecture rooms, and retail areas. The interior courtyard also includes exhibitions and stalls promoting the area's cultural heritage.

Source: Revery Architecture

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