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New Century City Art Centre

  • Chengdu, China
  • 2007 – TBC
  • Exhibition and Travel Group (ETG)
  • Under Construction
  • 140000m2

The New Century City Art Centre will be a new cultural destination for Sichuan Province and will provide Chengdu with an unprecedented collection of world-class arts, performance, leisure, and congress venues. NCCAC will also be a regional art and music centre of international standing the accommodates three auditoria, an art museum, an exhibition centre, a conference centre, a learning centre, bars, restaurants and shops.

The largest of the three halls, a multifunctional theatre, seats up to 2,000 people. The second hall caters for lyrical theatre and music events, with a seating arrangement of up to 870 people. The third auditorium will be used as a music hall. Designed for natural acoustic, this hall will provide space for an audience of up to 1,000.The conference centre comprises 8,000m2, which can be separated into 16 equal and independent accessible conference rooms. A flexible 10,000m exhibition centre is located at the main entrance level. The art museum comprises approximately 15,000m2 exhibition area which is located below the roof and will take advantage of natural lit exhibition spaces.

Our design aims to resolve the complexities of the programme, while combining spatial clarity with the design of a unique and iconic structure. The undulating building geometry suggests a rolling landscape, inspired by the topography of Sichuan Province. CCAC’s elongated design will contrast the vertical tower structures surrounding the site. Its soaring aerodynamic shape and Yin Yang like shape evokes traditional Chinese symbols.

The new building is characterized by its aerodynamic geometry and flexible performance spaces with a strong sense of identity and character. The performance, arts, and congress complex will consolidate Chengdu’s reputation as a cultural destination while providing an iconic architectural image for the city. From afar, it is highly identifiable and offers a strong image and orientation. The architectural concept has been developed in response to articulate the client’s programme and the urban parameters. NCCAC thereby forms a graceful, iconic landmark for the city of Chengdu. The concept for NCCAC is to use the most advanced architectural and engineering technologies in response to the brief, to create a visually striking new landmark that will act as a gateway to the city.

With its informal atmosphere and unrivalled views out across the landscaping, NCCAC will become one of the city’s great social spaces as well as a regional cultural center of international standing. Metaphorically speaking, the building’s elongated, curvilinear shape appears like a rolling landscape, inspired by the topography of Sichuan Province. The undulating shell has been designed in response to articulate the programme. Geometrically, the shape has been derived by twisting a rectangular tube, creating three distinct programmatic areas. The lowest part, the centre of the building, accommodates the main atrium. The head to the north accommodates all performance and art related areas. The tail to the south accommodates the conference centre and the exhibition centre.







Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Chris Lepine

Project Architect

Tyen Masten

Project Team

Celina Auterio, Cynthia Du, Matthew Engele, Brandon Gehrke, Evelyn Gono, Michael Harris, Nu Long, Martin Pfleger, Eva Tiedemann, Leo Wu, Michelle Wu, Stephan Wurster, Olga Yatsyuk

Competition Team

Raymond Lau, Arturo Lyon, Arturo Revilla, Chikara Inamura, Lauren Barclay

Schematic Design - Project Architect

Markus Planteu

Schematic Design - Project Team

Dennis Brezina, Santiago F Achury, David Campos, Pierandrea Angius, Amrita Deshpande, Mei-Ling Lin, Martin Pfleger, Monica Jarpa, Jakub Klaska, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Feng Lin, Arturo Revilla, Edgar Payan, Seda Zirek, Rafael Contreras, Marcela Spadaro, Thomas Mathoy, Yuxi Fu, Shiqi Li