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The Tianjin Juilliard School / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Tianjin Juilliard School / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Located 45 minutes by high-speed train from downtown Beijing, the 350,000 sf building is composed of four pavilions that house a 690-seat concert hall, a 299-seat recital hall, and a 225-seat black box theater, and administrative, faculty, and rehearsal programs. With design features that pay tribute to those of the Juilliard School in NY, the institute also utilizes leading technologies to ensure a high degree of connectivity and collaboration between the students and faculty of both campuses.  

ph: Zhang Chao, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The school offers a graduate program for a Master of Music degree in orchestral studies, chamber music, or collaborative piano; a Saturday pre-college program for talented students ages 8-18; continuing education and public education programs; and public performances. As the branch campus of The Juilliard School, Tianjin Juilliard is the first performing arts institution in China to confer a U.S.-accredited Master of Music (MM) degree. 

ph: Zhang Chao, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Five glass bridges span an expansive public space that extends the surrounding park into the building, inviting students, visitors and concert goers to mingle, relax and experience the students practicing and giving informal performances. The bridges contain classrooms, teaching studios, and practice rooms, all clad in transparent glass to encourage visual and auditory access to the study of music, inviting both casual and structured exchange between students, faculty and visitors.

With design features throughout that mirror those of The Juilliard School in New York, the institute also utilizes leading edge telecommunication and video conferencing technologies to ensure a high degree of connectivity and collaboration between students and faculty at Tianjin Juilliard School and The Juilliard School in New York. The Juilliard Imagination space, for example, is a digitally connected exhibition space, capable of hosting livestreamed concerts between both Juilliard facilities.

ph: Zhang Chao, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

DS+R Partner-in-Charge, Charles Renfro said, “In Tianjin, the ground floor lobby acts as a continuation of the surrounding park, accessible through multiple entries open to the public. We lowered the stages of the primary performance venues one level below grade so the halls could share loading, back of house and support spaces without interrupting the lobby. All of the teaching and practice spaces occupy five glass-clad bridges that span between the performance pavilions, bringing daylight and views to and from these education spaces while broadcasting the activities of the school to the general public. As both an educational tool and a performance vessel, the building acts as a finely tuned and highly crafted instrument in and of itself.” 

Footage by Zhang Chao, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

DATE: 2020 / LOCATION: Tianjin, China / AREA: 32.500 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: Art School and Exhibition space / STATUS: built / DESIGN: Diller Scofidio + Renfro / PARTNERS: Charles Renfro, Elizabeth Diller, Benjamin Gilmartin, Ricardo Scofidio / PROJECT DIRECTOR: Ellix Wu / TEAM: Heng-Choong Leong, Brian Tabolt, Andrés Macera, Yushiro Okamoto, Jack Solomon, David Chacon, Ling Zhang, Barry Beagen,and Ayat Fadaifard / EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT: East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI) / CONSTRUCTION: MCC Tiangong Group Co. / CONSULTANTS: Hargreaves Jones (landscape), ECADI with Arup (Structure-MEP), Jaffe Holden Acoustics (Acoustics), Fisher Dachs Associates (Theater), Front (Curtain Wall), Tillotson Design Associates (Lighting), Transsolar (Climate), Arup (Fire-Geothermal), Shen Milsom Wilke (AV/IT), Louyang North Glass Technology (Façade Glazing), Parklex International (Façade Wood Cladding), SanFoot (Performance Hall Wood Veneer) / PHOTOS: Zhang Chao, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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