This stunning theater built by Finland’s PES-Architects is an eye-catching demonstration of rainwater harvesting. It won the 2013 Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Architecture + Weather category.
The butterfly-like Wuxi Grand Theater features eight distinctive steel ‘wings’ that stretch out from the roof. These protect the building from direct sunlight, shelter the interior from heat, and harvest rainwater. They are also illuminated by thousands of color-changing LED lights, which can be altered depending on the different performances being held inside.
The architects believe that the ‘wings’ and the building’s terraced stone plinth give the impression of a butterfly descending onto the shore of the Wu-Li Lake. This sculptural form creates a landmark building for Wuxi’s new performing arts center.
The main entrance and public spaces have been raised from the surrounding level, with two stone auditoriums on top, linked by the glazed entrance lobby with open views across the lake. Click through to see images of the Wuxi Grand Theater: