Inside Tianjin Juilliard

John Hill
14. April 2021
Photo: Zhang Chao, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Tianjin Juilliard School was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the same firm that expanded Juilliard's iconic New York home at Lincoln Center twelve years ago. A short film takes viewers inside the new building that welcomed its first students last fall.

Photo: Zhang Chao, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Tianjin Juilliard School is located in Tianjin’s new Binhai district and can be reached from downtown Beijing in just 45 minutes by high-speed train. The 350,000-square-foot (32,510-m2) building is articulated as four faceted pavilions that contain a 690-seat concert hall, a 299-seat recital hall, a 225-seat black box theater, and administrative, faculty, and rehearsal spaces. The pavilions are linked by a handful of glazed bridges — also containing contain classrooms, teaching studios, and practice rooms — that span an expansive lobby. With their sizable steel trusses expressed inside and out, the bridges give Juilliard's home in China a strong visual identity.

"The Tianjin Juilliard School" (3:03) edited by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Juilliard, footage by Zhang Chao:

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