Yangliping Performing Arts Center
Dali, Yunnan, China
Situated between the Cang mountain chain which reaches 4,000 meters in height, and the 40 kilometers long Lake Erhai, the city of Dali, a significant stop of the ancient tea and horse road, is an important tourism destination. The old town has largely preserved and still has some remains of the historic city wall with gate towers.

Inspired by the powerful surrounding landscape, Zhu Pei searched for landscape related references to solve the architectonic challenges for the Performing Arts Center. A widely cantilevered rectangular roof spans across a built landscape of free-flowing indoor and outdoor spaces, some of which can be combined as an interacting spatial system.






As with mountains and valleys, the strong shape of the roof reflects the more organic landscape below and points to the old Chinese principle of yin and yang, where two opposites.

Indoor theater and outdoor theater, form a whole together. Formally expressed as organic-shaped hills, the partly sunken spaces become like a natural garden landscape, promising a high experiential quality, which continues into the public theatre inside.


It does not strive to be a monument, but sets a stage for the vast natural landscape beyond it: back against Cang Mountain and facing the Erhai Lake. It is like a ten-mile-long pavilion outside the ancient city, welcoming people who visit Dali.

  • Design Year: 2014-2015

    Completion Year: 2020

    Area: 8,155sqm



    North Yuehua Road, Nanguo Town,

    Dali City, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture,

    Yunnan Province, China


    Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design:

    Studio Zhu Pei


    Design Principal:

    Zhu Pei


    Lead Designer:

    Edwin Lam, Shuhei Nakamura


    Project in Charge:

    Virginia Melnyk


    Design Team:

    Han Mo, He Fan,Liu Ling,

    Wu Zhigang,You Changchen,

    Gary Poon,Ke Jun, Wang Peng,

    Wang Zheng,Ding Xinyue,

    Feng Chaoying, Chen Yida,

    Han Yi, Lin Wendi,Du Yao




  • Theater Consultant:

    dUCKS scéno, Creative Solution Integration LTD.


    Structure Consultant:

    Professor Fu Xueyi,

    National Engineering Survey and Design


    MEP Consultant:



    Facade Consultant:

    Shenzhen Dadi Facade Technology CO., LTD.


    Lighting Consultant:

    Ning Field Lighting Design CO., LTD.


    Acoustic Consultant:

    China IPPR International Engineering CO., LTD.


  • Client:

    Dali Yang Liping Grand Theatre Co., LTD


    General Contractor:

    The Third Construction CO., LTD. of YCIH


    Photography by Jin Weiqi, Zhang Yao


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9 Jiuxianqiao North Road,  Beijing

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