MAD Studio has revealed its design of the new China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing. MAD is an architectural design firm based in Beijing, China, with offices in Los Angeles and New York City. Its previous projects include the Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada, the China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin Cultural Island, Ordos Museum and Pingtan Art Museum.
China Philharmonic Hall
China Philharmonic Hall will be the first permanent home for the China Philharmonic Orchestra. It will be located on at the south side of the Workers Stadium East Gate in Beijing’s Central Business District.
MAD Studio partnered up with Yasuhisa Toyota, the acoustic expert, for the design of the 286,000-square foot music hall. Toyota’s previous acoustic projects include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the Suntory Hall in Japan, and is known as a master in the field.
Ma Yansong, founder and principal at MAD Studio, comments on the design: “We wanted to create a pure and sacred oasis in the midst of the bustling city. From the moment you enter the building, you will be taken to another time and space.”
The building’s translucent facade is surrounded by a lotus pond and lush greenery. “The translucent facade gently emerges from the landscape like a piece of jade. While walking past the building, people will be attracted to its soft glow,” explains Ma Yansong. The main hall is D-shaped, while a smaller cubic volume contains the rehearsal hall. The main concert hall, which can seat up to 1,600 people, is inspired by the “vineyard style” seating rising around the stage in a series of sloping terraces. White sound reflection petals on the ceiling will take the form of segments of a lotus flower.
The building will also contain professional recording studio, a library, a collection gallery, offices, rehearsal rooms, and other auxiliary function spaces.
Construction will begin later this year and is expected to be completed in 2019.