The first exhibition at MICA, the new art museum of Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, is now open...

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Client: Meixihu Investment (Changsha)
Location: Changsha, China
Year: 2019
Size: 115,000 sq.m.
ZHA Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
ZHA Project Director: Woody Yao, Simon Yu
ZHA Project Leader: Simon Yu
ZHA Project Associate: Eddie Can
ZHA Project Team: Zhenjiang Guo, Charles Kwan, Fei Wang, Pravin Ghosh, Neil Sansom, Jinqi Huang, Thomas Jensen, Justin Kelly, Wandy Mulia, Uli Schifferdecker, David Chen, Adrian Aguirre Herrera, Aurora Santana, Koren Sin, Johanna Huang, Yifan Zhang, Collin Spelts, Wei You, Fei Liang, Adam Fingrut, Yitzhak Samun
ZHA Schematic Design: Zhenjiang Guo, Charles Kwan, Jinqi Huang
ZHA Museum Design: Tariq Khayyat, Kutbuddin Nadiadi, Diego Rossel, Gerry Cruz, Matteo Melioli, Xiaosheng Li, Yuxi Fu, Thomas Jensen, Matthew Johnson, Justin Kelly, Drew Merkle

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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The new Culture & Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects incorporates a contemporary art museum (MICA), an 1,800-seat theatre with supporting facilities and a multipurpose hall. Its organic architectural language is defined by pedestrian routes that weave through the site to connect with neighbouring streets.

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Providing views of the adjacent Meixi Lake from the city and giving access to the parks and walking trails on the lake’s Festival Island, this ensemble of three separate cultural institutions creates external courtyards where pedestrian routes intersect for outdoor events and sculpture exhibitions.

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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The largest and most versatile cultural centre in Hunan province, the Culture & Arts Centre connects directly with its station on Line 2 of Changsha’s new Metro System.

Located on historic trade routes through China, the city of Changsha’s traditions as an important centre of communications continues as one of the country’s leading media hubs with the centre’s Grand Theatre hosting a popular programme of performances and television productions.

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Designed for the widest variety of performing arts, the Grand Theatre opened in 2017 and provides all front-of-house functions in sculpted lobbies, bars and hospitality suites, as well as the necessary ancillary functions including administration offices, rehearsal studios, backstage logistics, wardrobe and dressing rooms.

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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With eight juxtaposed exhibition galleries totalling 10,000m2 centred around an atrium for large-scale installations and events, the MICA art museum also includes dedicated spaces for community workshops, a lecture theatre, café and museum shop.

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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The Small Theatre is characterized by its flexibility. This multipurpose hall with a capacity of 500 seats can be transformed to different configurations to accommodate a broad range of functions and performances that span from small plays, fashion shows and music performances to banquets and commercial events.  

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Totalling 115,000m2, these three civic institutions are uniquely defined and separate, yet complement each other with different opening times creating vitality throughout the day and evening. The theatre becomes active as the art museum begins to conclude its day-time operations, whilst the variety of events in the smaller theatre ensure it will be used at all times.

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
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