Shanghai International Dance Center

2016 | Shanghai, China

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STUDIOS won an international design competition for this 915,000 sf campus. The project includes a 1,000 seat-theater, 200 seat-recital hall, Shanghai Dance School for 1,500 students, as well as the Shanghai Ballet’s and Dance Troupe’s headquarters and rehearsal studios.

The project creates a significant new civic space and provides a welcome landscape respite from the busy highway and thoroughfare that flank the site. The architectural form of the new campus is inspired by the spirit of dance; the interplay between the gently curving buildings is thoughtfully choreographed to create a sense of flow and kinetic energy. Nearly half of the program is situated below grade, allowing for significant open space on the site; a collection of courtyards, curving paths, fountains and arcing tree rows flow to a central plaza. Open wells along the building perimeters feed daylight and fresh air into the underground areas, such as the rehearsal studios, dining, a gymnasium and support spaces. The project also folds several small historic buildings into the plan, as well as a mid-rise dormitory building along the western edge of the site.

Key sustainable concepts include storm water collection, maximized natural drainage run-off to landscape areas, and water conservation including drought-tolerant planting, efficient irrigation systems, high efficiency plumbing systems. Natural ventilation, high-performance building skins, and cool roofs will help to reduce energy requirements.