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Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre

  • Changsha, China
  • 2011 – 2019
  • Changsha Meixihu Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Under Construction
  • 115,000m2

The International Culture & Arts Centre embodies a unique variety of civic nodes and spaces: A Grand Theatre, a Contemporary Art Museum, a Multipurpose Hall and supporting facilities. The central plaza courtyard is generated by the relative position of these separate buildings and offers a strong urban experience where the flow of all pedestrian routes intersect. These routes stretches outwards to connect with neighbouring streets and give views across Meixi lake with access towards Festival Island. This dynamic composition further establishes a powerful relationship with its surroundings.


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.



Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Woody Yao, Simon Yu

Project Team

Zhenjiang Guo, Charles Kwan, Jinqi Huang, Neil Sansom, Pravin Ghosh, Thomas Jensen, Justin Kelly, Wandy Mulia, Uli Schifferdecker, Adrian Aguirre Herrera, Aurora Santana, Koren Sin, Johanna Huang, Yifan Zhang, Collin Spelts, Fei Liang, Adam Fingrut, Yitzhak Samun

Schematic Design

Zhenjiang Guo, Charles Kwan , Jinqi Huang

Museum Design

Tariq Khayyat, Kutbuddin Nadiadi, Diego Rossel, Gerry Cruz, Matteo Melioli, Xiaosheng Li, Yuxi Fu, Thomas Jensen, Matthew Johnson, Justin Kelly, Drew Merkle

Competition Team Project Architect

Tiago Correia

Competition Team

Victor Orive, Fabiano Continanza, Zhenjiang Guo, Danilo Arsic, Ines Fontoura, Rafael González, Alejandro Díaz, Jimena Araiza

Concept Development

Hannes Schafelner, Philipp Ostermaier, Jakub Klaska, Maren Klasing, Saman Saffarian, Martin Krcha, Maria Tsironi, Spyridon Kaprinis

Structural, Facade & Building Services Engineering (Competition)

Buro Happold

Theatre Consultants (Competition)

Theatre Projects Consultants

Acoustics Consultants (Competition)

Marshall Day Acoustics