Barr Gazetas - Award Winning London Architect

Shanghai Dream Centre China

Our four new entertainment venues sit at the heart of Shanghai's most exciting cultural development

In Numbers

  • 4 venues
  • 90m Dome diameter
  • 3,700 seats
  • 18 ‘spokes’ to Dome Structure
  • 65 metre long cement chute
  • 30 steps to Music Hall cascading stair
  • 27m height of Dome centre

About Shanghai Dream Centre

As part of Shanghai Dream Centre, one of China’s largest cultural investment projects, we have been commissioned to design four new entertainment venues in collaboration with Braggs Theatre Architects. The development as a whole will create a new cultural quarter in the Shanghai West Bund area and brings together new state of the art facilities alongside repurposed industrial structures that characterise the existing site.

The venues are distinct in character and proposed use. The Dream Dome will be constructed within the shell of a cement silo that measures 90m in diameter. Our design celebrates the dramatic industrial nature of the existing structure to create a 2,500 capacity, multi-purpose arena that will host pop-concerts, exhibitions and musical theatre. Technical challenges include the retention and re-use of the fragile dome structure and the integration within the design of the original cement chute. The arena features a fully flexible retractable seating arrangement and a new independent hanging structure to satisfy the technical requirements of the uses whilst respecting the original structure.

The No.7 Music Hall is a state of the art venue for live music, dramatic theatre and sporting events. The finish to the spacious, multi-levelled, light filled foyer contrasts with the atmospheric theatre space which features a proscenium stage that is adaptable to cater for thrust stage requirements. The theatre will seat almost 800 people at full capacity. The Black Box theatre sits alongside a new art gallery space and the two are connected by a central atrium. The 400 capacity flexible black box space will house experimental theatre, press conferences and product launches.

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