- Architect: Steven Chilton Architects
- Built in: 2020
- Location: Guangzhou, Cina
The Sunac Gangzhou Grand was designed by Steven Chilton Architects of London and opened in 2020.
Shape: it has been inspired by the city’s historical connection to silk since the town, originally called Canton, was one of the main trading ports of the Silk Road. The building’s red cladding looks like a silk cloth, like the ones that have been made, painted and embroiedered in the region since the ancient times. The ten folds define the outer envelope and wrap the theatre with an apparently light, undulating movement.
Discretise: the theatre’s cladding is made of thousands of unique triangular red panels in aluminium to recall the shimmering effect of the folds in flowing silk. The panels are decorated with tattoo patterns and figurative animals deriving from traditional art and myths.
Wireframe: the panels of the building’s envelope are supported by a complex web of interconnected steel tubes welded together, working independently with the concrete supporting the theatre floors. This frame allows to support the multitude of panels and give the characteristic ondulating shape of a manyfold piece of cloth.