These Otherworldly Theatres Will Showcase Chinese Arts And Culture

While they may look like renders for a Mass Effect 4 cityscape, these futuristic buildings actually constitute the proposed Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Center.

Located in Changsha, China, the capital city of the Hunan province 700km North of Hong Kong, and designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Changsha Meixihu is comprised of three buildings — an 1800-seat grand hall, a cultural museum and a 500-seat multipurpose hall — interlinked by pedestrian concourses.

The grand hall is being built to host world-class performances and major events, while the multipurpose theatre will host more exclusive events, such as fashion shows and private concerts. In addition, each building in the complex will also feature restaurants, bars and other amenities for patrons.

Interestingly, the three centres are to be run in shifts so that the grand theatre opens in the evening as the museum closes, while the multipurpose theatre and adjunct services are open day or night, allowing the Changsha Meixihu to operate 24 hours a day.

The design of the buildings themselves is nothing short of stunning — their flowing lines and curving surface appear completely alien compared to the rigid right angles of surrounding structures. Their interiors follow the same course with massive glass roofs supported by trusses that appear almost organic in shape.

There's no word yet on when construction will begin or how much the project will cost.

[Zaha Hadid via Tuvie]

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