Cultural centre Zhuhai

A roofscape modelled on patterns of migratory birds will shelter the four wings of the Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Centre that Zaha Hadid Architects is developing in southern China.

The cultural building, which is under construction in the Jinwan District in Zhuhai, will be built within a lake and incorporate a 1,200-seat theatre, a multifunctional 500-seat hall, a science centre and an art museum.


According to Zaha Hadid Architects, the goal for the building is for it to become "a hub of contemporary creativity" for the region.

Its site was therefore chosen for its proximity to the new Zhuhai Airport Intercity railway, which connects the city, its airport and Hengqin district to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau and Hong Kong.

Once complete, the Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Centre will measure 170 metres in width and 270 metres in length, from north to south. It will be divided into two large and two small wings, which will become individual venues for the theatre, multifunctional hall, science centre and art museum.

These four venues will be arranged symmetrically around a central plaza, which will serve as a shared, external foyer. This will be accessed by bridges over the surrounding lake to the banks.


Inside, the interior design for each of the centre's four wings will be unique, which Zaha Hadid Architects says is to ensure "the most engaging visitor experiences".

It is expected that the theatre and art museum will have a light material palette, while the multifunctional hall and science centre will have darker finishes.

The lake surrounding the centre will be introduced as part of the landscaping for the centre, which has been developed to align with Zhuhai's "sponge city" initiative. Sponge cities are being developed in urban areas throughout China to help mitigate flooding, water pollution and water scarcity.

The artificial lake will help to store excess water, and also incorporate aquatic flora and fauna that will naturally filter contaminants.