Steven Chilton Architects reveals visuals of silk-informed theatre in Guangzhou - architecture and design

Steven Chilton Architects reveals visuals of silk-informed theatre in Guangzhou



Steven Chilton Architects has revealed visuals of its Guangzhou Show Theatre, which is currently under construction in China.
Being constructed as part of a major attraction in the Huadu District to the north of the city of Guangzhou in southern China, the theatre will host performances by visiting production companies.

The theatre will have a 2,000-seat auditorium that will be enclosed in a facade directly informed by the city of Guangzhou's history as a key part of the Silk Road trading route.
"Our client wanted the architecture to resonate with the history and culture of Guangzhou," explained Steven Chilton Architects founder Steven Chilton.

"The city is historically significant as the starting point of the maritime Silk Road and has been an important trading port since the Han dynasty," he told Dezeen. "Silk was first developed in China with the earliest examples dating back to before 3,500 BC, its historical and cultural significance appealed to us along with its unique physical properties."

The circular main auditorium will be located at the centre of the building with supplementary spaces arranged around it including a large, triple-height entrance hall.

Around the building, Steven Chilton Architect has designed a facade that is designed to resemble silk draped over the building.
It will be constructed from curved panels of perforated, anodised aluminium supported on a steel frame, which will be visible within the building's entrance...
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