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Shengjing International Performing Arts Center

Shenbei, China

Designed to NBA standards and accommodating approximately 18,000 spectators, Gensler’s concept for multipurpose Shenbei Arena is inspired by the Chinese notion of Tian-Di — heaven and earth. Incorporating a combination of circles (the sky) and square-like ellipses (earth), the Tian-Di scheme is enhanced by the structure’s curvature, which, when combined with reflective stainless-steel metal panel walls, creates reflections of earth and sky outside the arena. Large operable doors allow the space to feature both indoor and outdoor events. Skylights draw natural light into public spaces, illuminating the structure and its interior elements and making them visible from the outside.