View of the main entry at the southeast corner. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

View of the main entry at the southeast corner. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has revealed designs for the Juilliard School’s first overseas campus as the project breaks ground in Tianjin, China. One of the world’s foremost performing arts schools, Juillard had previously tapped DS+R for the design of their New York City campus.

Located within the Yujiapu Pilot Free Trade Zone, the Tianjin Juilliard School will become a center for performance, practice and research, and will welcome in the public with a series of communal spaces and interactive exhibitions focused on the creative process and performance of music. Upon completion, the campus will serve as an international hub for artists to learn and meet, as well as become the first performing arts institution in the country to offer a US-accredited master’s degree.


Aerial view of the site. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Aerial view of the site. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

“In planning this new facility, we wanted to capture the spirit of Tianjin while creating an architectural connection to Juilliard’s home campus in New York City,” said Charles Renfro, Partner-in-charge at Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The school will take the form of four, programmatically-organized masonry volumes containing the main concert hall, a recital hall, a black box theater, and a music library. These pavilions will be connected by a series of bridges housing the school’s classrooms and practice facilities.


View of interior plaza. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

View of interior plaza. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

View of main concert hall. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

View of main concert hall. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

In the center of the complex, glass roofs will span between the bridges to create an open-air lobby that connects seamlessly to the surrounding park. Publicly-accessible green roofs and a rooftop terrace will further encourage visitors to the site, as well as provide views of the nearby Hai River.


View from northwest reflecting pool. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

View from northwest reflecting pool. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The campus will also be located adjacent to Tianjin’s new high-speed rail hub, allowing commuting students and visitors alike to reach the school in just one hour from Beijing’s South Rail Station. The school is scheduled to open in 2019.

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