Yang Liping Performing Arts Center

Design:  2014-2015

Construction:  2016-2020

Location:  Dali, Yunnan, China


Located in Dali, The Yang Liping Performing Arts Center sits on the fertile plateau between the Cangshan mountain range and Erhai lake, the surrounding site experiences a boundless relationship between earth and sky. Tempered weather by the low latitude and high elevation create a unique life style of local people life. People are dancing on the farmland and singing inside mountains. Outdoors life becomes a particular life style for local people.


Inspired by local nature and climate, the performance center uses a composition of big canopy roof and flowing topography to invite users into an open plaza. The open plaza is met with a theater box that, when active, transforms the open plaza into an interior-exterior performance space. This performance space uses the blurred boundary between landscape and stage to also explore and erase the boundaries between performer and spectator. A few tree house towers will bring people up to top of the roof and down to the underneath the hills.


Inspired by Chinese Yin Yang theory, an open plaza underneath the canopy roof is generated by both an outdoor amphitheater– Yang and an indoor theater -- Yin, where become a central stage once the huge sliding door is opened. The big canopy is floating above ground forming a roof-space to build a tension with a few landscape hills. People are following throughout the building from in and out, top and bottom. Overall experience of building strongly reflects local people’s life style and Chinese “wander” theory.




Architect: Studio Zhu-Pei


Design Principal: Zhu Pei

Lead Designer: Edwin Lam, Shuhei Nakamura

Project In Charge: Virginia Melnyk

Project Team: Han Mo, He Fan, You Changchen, Wu Zhigang, Gary Poon, Guo Nan, Ke Jun, Liu Ling, Wang Peng, Wang Zheng, Ding Xinyue, Yang Shengchen, Feng Chaoying, Wang Di, Wang Dan, Chen Yida, Chen Yuchuan, Han Yi, Jia Bin, Li Gao, Lin Wendi, Li Zijian, Song Yang, Sun Shuaishuai, Yuan Ye, Zhang Yi, Zhao Jiancheng

Theater Consultant: dUCKS scéno, Creative Solution Integration LTD.

Structural Consultant: Professor Fu Xueyi, Master of National Engineering Survey and Design

MEP Consultant: CCDI

Facade Consultant: Shenzhen Dadi Facade Technology CO.,LTD.

Acoustic Consultant: China IPPR International Engineering CO.,LTD.

Client: Yang Liping Arts & Culture CO.,LTD.