Completed last year next to the Hai River in northeastern China, the Tianjin Juilliard School
Is composed of four steel and concrete pavilions that are connected by glass bridges. Like its New York City counterpart (also designed by New York studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro) it seeks “to increase engagement with the public through openness and transparency; offer informal spaces for students to mix and gather, and provide teaching and performance spaces with world-class acoustics,” said Charles Renfro.
The four pavilions contain a 690-seat concert hall, a 299-seat recital hall and a 225-seat black box theatre, alongside offices and rehearsal spaces. They are linked together by the five glass bridges, which span a 2,260-square-metre, column-free foyer at the heart of the building.
Alongside the plaza and lobby, the school has a “digital learning environment” for the public called the Imagination Space, in which people can learn about the schools via interactive displays which can hos live-streamed concerts between both campuses.