Italian architects to build cultural complex in China

Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas has won a competition to design and build a cultural centre in Chengdu, China.

The design consists of four elliptical buildings with a spiraling structure, offering an artist complex that includes a centre for the performing arts, a cultural centre, offices and an apartment building for artists.

Inspired by an ancient symbol of the city, the design represents China’s readiness to look to the future, after the survival of a natural disaster, and focus on art and culture.

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas said that the project was “conceived as a symphony of architectural volumes, creating the effect of a music that you can listen to with your eyes. On a total area of about 110,000 square meters, the elliptical shape of each building gives the impression of a perpetual motion and continuous vibration. The surface of the facade is a continuous ribbon coated with a metal skin with openings geometric design that allows natural light to enter the interior of the four volumes.”

The centre for the performing arts includes two theatres housing 1800 seats as well as a music hall consisting of 600 seats with construction is planned for early 2013.