Jian Li Ju Theatre Theatre by More Design Office

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Jian Li Ju Theatre

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Theatre

INSPIRATION:
The architectural theory of Tschumi's 1976 Screenplays project and many of the formal strategies employed by the architect directly reference the parallels with screen editing and the time-space nature of architecture. Tools such as distortion, repetition and superimposition often used by the great directors of the Film Noir scene have all been applied as a method to soak the interior with all the atmosphere of a 50's Hollywood melodrama. At a time when consumers are becoming more interested in experiences over material objects the Jian li Ju theatre offers a unique experiential narrative.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A new performance space for the The Jianliju Theatre Company nestled in the heart of a complex and historic Shanghai context is an interesting study on typology executed with a concept based on the shaping of light and shadow to create drama and tension. Offering unique spectator experiences where the audience plays an integral role in their performances and productions; the brief demanded a careful architectural approach to the relationships between space, event and movement. The practice, have taken the cinematic expression of film noir and applied its heightened sense of drama to the atmosphere within to create a sequence of contrasting spaces that read as a montage of screenshots from a film reel.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The functions required are organized into a linear arrangement of spaces, a lighting strategy was devised to guide visitors through the sequence of spaces with no oral supervision needed in order to heighten the sense of drama and expectation. Visitors arrive only with a time, location and a number. Once inside, individual changing rooms highlighted by a flickering number projected from a pinhole aperture provide a unique threshold between life outside and the production within. Here, in a space reminiscent of a Lynch production, the guests will be provided with the script and the costume and the transformation into character will begin.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project is located in Shanghai, China. It is located in the basement of a furniture emporiom. The project was realised under tight time constraints. Concept stage began in October 2016 and Construction began December 2016. The Theatre opened its doors in February 2017.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The team took a conceptual approach to the development of the design. Working with drawings, sketches and collage to create the initial atmospheric intent for the space, the spatial form was then tested in 3D model and developed with the client's knowledge on theatre production. Lighting designers were consulted to develop the strategy. The silhouetted figures and shadowy sets of a Michael Curtiz drama is never too far away.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Total area for the Jian Li Ju Theatre is 930sqm. There are three Theatres approx. 50sqm each in which three groups of up to 10 visitors can enter.

TAGS:
Interactive Theatre, Black and White, Event and Movement, Sequence, Typology, architecture of performance

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The conceptual and unique nature of the brief led to a more theoretical rather than scientific approach to research and development for the design of the interior. With work of this nature, the team explored a range of topics from german expressionisism and the relationship between cinema and architecture. Films such as Nosferatu to Metropolis were used to immerse ourselves in a more experiential and atmospheric cinematography that could be encapsulated through space in the theatre project.

CHALLENGE:
The practice worked closely with the client to develop an innovative user experience to create the new theatre. Traditional audience experience was challenged; the engagement with cinema questioned and the approach to character, acting and performance was turned upside down. The budget and construction time constraints led to a simple material palette throughout; monotone, minimal with a hint at texture through the treatment of the plaster to give a luster and depth to the spaces. This all provides a backdrop to the lighting strategy integral to the concept of the project. Contrasting light and dark spaces create a balance of relief and tension, curved walls and reflections create disorientating rooms within and eerie light from hidden sources fill narrow corridors with atmosphere and intrigue.

ADDED DATE:
2017-11-13 08:15:52

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Justin Bridgland, Jaycee Chui, Kelsy Alexander, Leo Li and

IMAGE CREDITS:
All Image Credits: Photographer Dirk Weiblen

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
More Design Office

PROFILE:
MDO are a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Shanghai, China founded in 2010 by Jaycee Chui and Justin Bridgland. Working across the fields of architecture, interior design and furniture, the connection between these different disciplines is explored through each project. The office put an emphasis on process and exploration to craft unique spatial experiences that respond creatively to context, materiality and programmatic requirements.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Jian Li Ju Theatre Theatre by More Design Office is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Jian Li Ju Theatre Theatre by More Design Office is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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