The Changsha Meixihu International Culture Art Centre,, is an iconic building in the city of Changsha. It is designed by British architect Zaha Hadid. In a bird’s view, its three buildings resemble three hibiscus flowers on the bank of the Meixi Lake. Using flexible and dynamic lines, Hadid turned the architecture into art treasures on the side of the lake.
It is designed to be the largest top international arts center with most functions in central China. With a total investment of about 2.76 billion yuan, it has an 125,000- square meter architecture and covers an area of approximately 100,000 square meters.
The art center has a 1,800-seat grand theater, and a 500-seat multifunctional theater and a culture and art hall.
The auditorium of the grand theater is designed in the traditional shape of a horseshoe. With three floors, it can accommodate 1,811 audiences. The curved walls and ceiling not only create a dynamic sense, but also help spread the sound evenly throughout the space. With LED strips in the walls and ceiling, the light can illuminate above audiences and achieve different variations. The 2,600 - square meter stage is divided into the main stage, two side stages and the rear stage, and a lifting pool that can hold 130 people. There are 62 stage suspenders equipped with a set of mobile and assembled acoustic enclosure of the top American brand Wenger, which can cover an area of 185 square meters, over the main stage. It houses 19 dressing rooms, each equipped with an independent system of stage monitoring, to serve nearly 300 performers.
The 500-seats theater has a 15,000-square meters architecture, with three floors above the ground and another one under the ground. The stage can be readjusted into different settings to meet the needs of various small performances.