Wenling Cultural Center1201 Wan Chang Road
Design Achievement - Wenling Cultural Center is intended to anchor the arts and cultural district in Wenling City, Zhejiang Province, on the southeast coast of China. A new theater, arts center, and library work with the existing, adjacent museum to form a vibrant complex of cultural venues serving the community. DLR Group’s design is inspired by a local poem of “four mountains, one water, and five fields.” The buildings represent the four mountains, flowing architectural forms invoke the water, and green spaces and terraces exemplify the fields. The design opens up the riverfront for access to the city. A central square integrates the site. The new venues share an exterior public plaza to facilitate collaborative interaction, and public displays and performances. The integrated building volumes are connected by balconies and a rooftop garden. Through the design of multi-level indoor and outdoor spaces with open-view corridors and rich landscaping, citizens are invited to participate in the everyday activities of the cultural center.
Scope Summary - This $72 million project includes the design of a 226,000 SF library, 118,000 SF theater, 86,000 SF arts center, 54,450 SF public square, and a 212,275 SF parking facility. A V-shaped glass façade bordering the main avenue ensures a strong urban interface. The theater provides a view of the river and includes a 1,200-seat auditorium, 500-seat black box theater, café, and VIP lounge. The theater building is made of white stone with an aluminum louver, creating a delicate architectural texture along the river and plaza. The arts center faces the city with an open atrium and offers exhibitions and activity rooms. The library accommodates additional exhibition space, reading rooms, lecture halls, and a feature restaurant. Sustainability elements include a high-performance envelope, daylighting, green roof, natural passive ventilation, efficient mechanical systems, rainwater collection and reuse, solar heating, and environmentally friendly building materials. DLR Group provided architectural and interior design.