CLADmag issue 1 2017

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The hall will be the fi rst permanent base for the China Philharmonic Orchestra

We want to create the experience of taking people to a different world through the architecture and the music Ma Yansong

MAD design Beijing concert hall as a journey through time and space


“There are a lot of people in

a Yansong and MAD

ponds will be installed around

Architects have

the south side of the site in order

this district, which is good for the

unveiled their design

to make the concert hall seem as

circulation, but we want to create

for the brand new China

though it emerges from a jungle

the experience of taking people

or “holy garden”. In the daytime,

to a different world through the

natural light will travel through

architecture and the music,” Ma

district of Sanlitun, the building

the semi-transparent white walls,

told CLAD. “To do that we’ve created

will take the form of a curving

while in the evenings the venue

this translucent feeling, so you’ll

11,600sq m (125,000sq ft) structure

will glow in the dark. The design

be aware of where you are but

covered by a translucent curtain

concept is that concert-goers can

also isolated from the context.”

façade. Lush trees, foliage and lotus

“escape” from busy city life.

Philharmonic Hall in Beijing. Located in the bustling business

MAD are working with celebrated

The venue will be enclosed within a ‘translucent curtain’

acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota – who collaborated on the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie – to create a world class musical venue.

The ceiling elements are inspired by a lotus fl ower


petals will feature on the ceiling,

The hall will be the first

resembling the segments of a lotus

permanent base for the China

flower. Lighting and visualisations

Philharmonic Orchestra and will

can be projected onto these petals

also host performances from

and choreographed to match

touring musicians from all around

the musical performances.

the world. The main 1,600-seat

The building will also include

auditorium will be laid out in a

a professional recording studio, a

vineyard style, with the seating

library, rehearsal rooms, offices and

surrounding the stage and rising up

other auxiliary function spaces.

in rows in the manner of sloping terraces. White sound reflection

Construction is expected to be completed in 2019.

CLAD mag 2017 ISSUE 1

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