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Shanghai Poly Grand Theater

Architect: Tadao Ando | Address: 159 Baiyin Road

A minimalist box built of concrete and glass, the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater in Jiading District looks much more exciting than it sounds, thanks to the magical use of shadow and light from Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

The main structure of the theater is surrounded by a transparent curtain wall that forms a double-skin facade system. When the sunlight shines through, an almost holy atmosphere is formed in the interior of the theater by the light and shadow.

If one is fascinated by Ando’s “Church of the Light” in Japan, he will surely fall in love with the lakeside theater.

Small facts: It is said that Ando hailed the theater as the best embodiment of his work in China.


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