Lights, Camera, Action

Nick Myall
Tuesday 23 Oct 2018

This modern, elegant gateway looks to the future of film-making whilst recognizing its past

Wanda Studios is in the coastal city of Qingdao, in northeast China. It forms part of Wanda’s new Movie Metropolis, currently the world’s largest film and television industry investment project, covering 3.76 million square meters, with a total construction area of 5.4 million sq m.

It is the first filmmaking destination in China that meets international standards and is setting out to become the new hub of global production. 

Marking the entrance into the studio with a recognizable gateway structure has become a tradition in the movie business. Familiar examples include the twin gates into Paramount Studios, the 5 arches into Universal Studios and the floating bridge into the Walt Disney Studio in Burbank, California.

The simple brief for the gateway into Wanda’s new studio called for a modern, elegant gateway that looked to the future of film-making whilst recognizing the past. 

After weeks of research and optioneering, we settled on a concept that created a shallow, elegant arch whose form is defined by two long and slender, gently twisting surfaces. 

Each surface starts either side of the entrance on the ground in a vertical orientation. As they get closer to the entrance, the surfaces fan upwards and almost seem to take off as they rise above the road and pathways before folding back down on the other side.

The notion of recognising the past was established by incorporating the features of a strip of perforated celluloid film. Each frame of the strip is defined by a structural bay, whilst the perforations are used to house the light fittings.

Wanda Studios opened the gates for business in the of Autumn 2018.

Nick Myall

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