Design: A Theater in Guangzhou

This stunning structure is a computer-simulated model of a 2,000-seat theater in Guangzhou, China. Designed by London-based Steven Chilton Architects (SCA), the proposed design is a nod to Chinese craftsmanship, in particular a popular toy in 19th century China known as the ivory puzzle ball, the Rubik cube of its days.

An ivory puzzle ball, British Museum.

The influence of the ivory puzzle ball’s construction can be seen in the theater’s circular openings, the geometric cut-outs across the spherical façade and the circle offsets surrounding the entrance that give the appearance of nesting domes. Should SCA win the competition to build the theater, it will house a permanent show dedicated to local culture.

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