Traditional culture comes alive through architecture

Kerry Boettcher
Wednesday 17 Jun 2015

Synthesis Design + Architecture conjure up a performance centre that is a contemporary interpretation of traditional design

The Hakka Cultural Performance Centre, designed by Synthesis Design + Architecture, is a 2000 seat performance hall, with a 90 room boutique hotel with shops and entertainment. The unique design is inspired by the radial geometries of the Fujian region’s traditional ‘Tulou’ rammed earth structures, and its terraced landscapes. 

The building has an elliptical plan with an elevated 360 degree circular stage area which provides an interactive and immersive performance experience.  

Set on a hilltop overlooking the Yongdong River, the Hakka Cultural Performance Centre integrates with the contours of the surrounding landscape. Its dramatic looping roof peels away from the terraced hilltop to create a continuous form which serves as a plaza, façade, and roof. 

The façade of the building is defined by a parametric pattern, which is a dynamically adaptive ceramic frit pattern that gradates in scale, intensity and opacity.  The pattern reflects those found in the traditional Hakka crafts. The variant gradient conditions created by the façade react to orientation of the building, defining a dynamic façade pattern which engages and encourages visual interaction. 

Kerry Boettcher

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