Led by architect Ma Yansong, MAD Architects reveals its glittering design for the new China Philharmonic Concert Hall
Located on the south side of the Workers Stadium East Gate in Beijing's central business district, the new China Philharmonic Concert Hall designed by MAD Architects features a translucent façade that gently emerges from the landscape as a piece of jade.
Covering a site of 11,600 sq-m and a total floor area of 26,587 sq-m, the building is surrounded by a lotus pond and lush greenery. Founder and principal partner of MAD Architects Ma Yansong explains the concert hall is designed to be a hidden gem and a peaceful cultural escape from the city. "We wanted to create a pure and sacred oasis in the midst of the bustling city," says Ma. "From the moment you enter the building, you will be taken to another time and space."
The 1,600-seat main concert hall is laid out in a vineyard style, with the seating surrounding the stage; rising up in serried rows in the manner of the sloping terraces. Its wooden lakes organically surround the stage while the white sound reflection petals on the ceiling are designed to resemble the segments of a lotus flower. The natural light coming from above will make audience members feel as if they are in the center of a blooming flower. Lighting and visualisations can be projected onto the white petals and choreographed to match the musical performances.
Through the design, audiences are expected to be attracted to its soft glow when walking past the building. Once inside the lobby, guests will feel like they are entering an installation of light and space. Daylight diffuses through the translucent white curtain wall into the lucid space.
The acoustic design was developed by Yasuhisa Toyota, who has designed world-class concert venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the Suntory Hall in Japan.