Covering an area of 1.6 million square feet with a building area of 1.3 million square feet, the center consists of six spaces: the Grand Theater, the Convention Center, the Entertainment Center, the Sports Center, the Youth Activities Center, and the Technical Education Center. Places are spread out under the center’s “bamboo leaf roof” and surrounded by the region’s unique green tea fields.
MAD describes the center as “a porous meeting space accessible to the public from all directions and at all times of the day.” The center’s central corridor is arranged along an axis, becoming an open outdoor platform framing views of the mountains. Among the six venues, the 1,300-person Grand Theater and 2,000-capacity Conference Center are the most important, with two to three floors, while the other four venues span the first floor and partly the second floor. -Floor design.
The center is spread out under a white tiled roof with an undulating silhouette inspired by the surrounding hills and white tea fields of Anji. A series of courtyards form programmatic interstices between the venues, while on the western side of the site, a large theater is designed as an outdoor venue for performances, concerts and exhibitions.
“The high point of the Anji Culture and Arts Center is a series of overlapping metal roofs that resemble bamboo leaves interspersed with hills that add visual complexity to the picturesque landscape,” MAD explains. “The gaps between them allow natural light to enter the interior, while the main facade is highly transparent to additionally attract natural light through its side elevations.”
The main façade is 39 feet high, which MAD claims will be the tallest self-supporting glass wall in China when completed. Elsewhere, the plan includes green roofs, permeable sidewalks, amenity green spaces, and rainwater harvesting to improve energy use.
The project has begun construction and is expected to be completed in 2025.