The Grand Theatre is the focal point of the Changsha International Culture & Arts Centre. With a capacity of 1800 seats, it is the largest theatre in this city with a rich history and tradition in the performing arts.
Designed to host performances of the highest international standards, the Grand Theatre contains all the necessary front-of-house functions, such as lobbies, cloakrooms, bars, restaurants and hospitality, as well as the required ancillary functions, such as administration, rehearsal rooms, backstage logistics, dressing & make-up rooms and wardrobe.
The Museum’s composition of three fluid ‘petals’ around its internal central atrium, seamlessly juxtaposes the galleries. With views and balconies outwards, the Museum engages with the site’s unique location and surroundings. The external plaza on Meixi Lake Road allows for outdoor sculptures, exhibitions and events.
The Small Theatre (Multipurpose Hall) is characterized by its flexibility. With a maximum capacity of 500 seats, it can be adapted and transformed to different configurations to accommodate a broad range of functions and performances that span from banquets and commercial events to small plays, fashion shows and music. A commercial attraction, this venue shares the public access to the courtyard with its cafes, restaurants and retail areas.
Although these civic institutions are uniquely defined and separate, they complement each other, offering visitors a varied sequence of urban environments that relate to the different institutions. The opening times of the different venues also overlap to ensure vitality throughout the day and night. The Grand Theatre becomes active in the evening as the Museum begins to conclude its day-time Operations, whilst the Small theatre and retail area and restaurants will be busy throughout.
Embodying values of functionality, coherence and innovation, the Changsha Meixi Lake International Culture & Arts Center is a new cultural centre for the city of Changsha.