Exhibitions begin at Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre

The first exhibition has opened at MICA, the contemporary art museum at the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, which which was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA).

ZHA says the 115,000sq m (1,240,000sq ft) centre is the largest and most versatile cultural centre in China's Hunan province, comprising three separate but complementary venues that each cater for a different use.

The 1,800-seat Grand Theatre, which was completed in 2017, is designed to host a popular programme of performances and television productions, with the lobbies, bars, hospitality suites and back-of-house support facilities required at a major venue.

The more flexible, 500-seat Small Theatre, meanwhile, can be transformed to host a variety of performance types and events, ranging from small plays to fashion shows and music performances to banquets and commercial events.

The newly opened MICA houses eight galleries totalling 10,000sq m (108,000) and has a large atrium for hosting installations and events, as well as spaces for community workshops, a lecture theatre, a café and a museum shop.

Located on the edge of Meixi Lake, the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre provides views out over the water and access to parks and walking trails on the lake’s Festival Island.

External courtyards provide spaces for outdoor events and sculpture exhibitions.

Zaha Hadid Architects  Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre 
The first exhibition has opened at MICA, the contemporary art museum at the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, which which was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). ZHA says the 115,000sq m (1,240,000sq ft) centre is the largest and most versatile cultural centre in China's Hunan province, comprising three separate but complementary venues that each cater for a different use. The 1,800-seat Grand Theatre, which was completed in
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The Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre covers 115,000sq m (1,240,000sq ft) / Virgile Simon Bertrand
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