Shanghai Symphony Hall

Shanghai, China

This prestigious concert hall is the new home of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1879, making it the oldest symphony in China. Inside a stunning and celebrated architectural form, the new 65,000 square foot facility features two world-class performance venues—a 1,200-seat vineyard-style concert hall and a 400-seat recital hall, which also functions as state-of-the-art recording facility. The main performance hall provides surround video projection and remarkable intimacy for performers and audience members—we worked with the design team to pull the seating in and around the stage, creating highly impactuful performances, undiluted by distance. The 400-seat hall is illuminated in warm wood tones and features a 360-degree balcony, encircling the performance spaces. It commonly accommodates acoustic ensembles’ recording sessions.

Shanghai Symphony Hall
Credit: Chris Lee
Credit: Chris Lee
Credit: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Owner

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Architect

Arata Isozaki and Associates

Acoustician

Nagata Acoustics

Users

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Seat count

400, 1200

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Concert hall, Interactive media, Recital hall

Services

Theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2014

Venue website

shsymphony.com

Credit: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Credit: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra