Tadao Ando’s II Teatro Perfomance Arts Center features a floating arena

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Japanese structural engineer Tadao Ando has been commissioned to design II Teatro, a new sculptural performing arts center that will soon be constructed Sharjah The largest lifestyle community, Aljada. Arada, the main developer of the project, revealed the designs of the integrated cultural complex, which extends over an area of ​​24,155 square metres. Characterized by Tadao Ando’s architectural simplicity, the Theater on the Avenue reveals a pure cylindrical concrete mass facing a multi-layered cultural plaza. An exciting secondary feature defines the Performing Arts Center: a large arched opening that enlivens the building’s façade, forming a solid indoor-outdoor connection. It will host numerous performances and performances, including opera, theatre, dance, ballet, musicals, concerts, films, art exhibitions and festivals. Il Teatro will include, in addition to a 2,000-seat auditorium, a gallery and a small restaurant.

Tadao Ando II Center for the Performing Arts in Sharjah includes a floating cultural arena
All designs by Tadao Ando Architects, courtesy of Arada

A 24,155 square meter center combining a cylindrical mass and a floating arena

It is distributed over two levels: the plaza is an elevated public space floating above the water and has a large outdoor amphitheater facing Il Teatro by Tadao Ando (see more here). A series of events and activities will be hosted at the Plaza, providing a multi-dimensional experience that will inspire the country’s growing creative community. Stone, concrete, light and water come together poetically.Leave a lasting impact between generations by focusing on culture and art. I designed the central structure of the building to be round like the Earth as I wanted to create a new world within that would attract not only locals, but visitors from all over the world.,’ The architect participates. El Teatro is Tadao Ando’s second project in the UAE, following Armani Beach Residences on Palm Jumeirah, which was also announced in partnership with Arada earlier this year.

Tadao Ando II Center for the Performing Arts in Sharjah includes a floating cultural arena
Theater II at Aljada, Sharjah’s new performing arts centre

Il Teatro occupies a prime position inside between Aljada, located on the main road leading to the main community. It is also located at the center of the Naseej Creative District, a collection of 19 buildings that includes the Vida Aljada hotel and residential apartment complex, where Emaar Hospitality will operate. Residents of the Creative District can enjoy access to Il Teatro via two “green spines” or urban parks that have lush foliage and dense tree cover, with workshops, artist studios and cafés facing the parks on either side. Those who live in the neighborhood will also enjoy a rich calendar of events, activities, shows and exhibitions, all just a short walk from their front door. Construction work in the Naseej area is underway, and the first homes are scheduled to be completed this year. Work on El Teatro on the Avenue is scheduled to begin next year, and the building and arena are scheduled for completion in 2027.

Tadao Ando II Center for the Performing Arts in Sharjah includes a floating cultural arena
The project will host a wide range of shows and performances, including opera, theater and dance

Project information:

name: Second theatre

location: Aljada, Sharjah, UAE

structural engineer: Tadao Ando | @tadao_ando_ando

Developer: Arada | @aradaliving

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