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When designing theatres a serious amount of time and effort has to be placed in understanding acoustics. The problem is different performances may require specific scenarios and designs to provide a better experience for the audience. One way to handle several situations and uses for a theatre is to create multiple theatres that specifically apply to the type of performance that will be occurring, or to develop a design that is flexible and transforms for each performance.

Arch2o- Bayuquan TheatreDSD-(84)

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The Bayuquan Theatre by DSD in Yingkou, China contains two theatres. The first is a large dance theatre designed for dancing and musical performances with the capacity of 1600 people. The second is a multi-functional theatre which can hold 800 people for drama play. The center itself has 3 levels above ground level with clean folded façade exteriors and red interior accents.

Arch2o- Bayuquan TheatreDSD-(85)

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According to the architect, the dome of the main Dance Theatre was designed for both structural purpose and a special function. The steel-frame dome can be rotated, opened and closed to meet different performance requirements. The interior U-shape plan adopts the form of roman traditional theatre and the space is separated into 3 levels vertically.

Arch2o- Bayuquan TheatreDSD-(91)

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Sight analysis was carried out to allocate the seats in the theatre. To ensure best acoustic performance, the main source will be natural and each seat for audience takes up 7.7 m³(the total volume is 12300 m³). The reverberation time could be adjusted due to different performance requirements.

By Kirstine

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