The Oriental Art Center is one of the leading performing arts and cultural facilities in Shanghai
. Located on Century Avenue
, it was officially opened at the end of 2004.Various cultural and musical performances are held in the center, beginning from the 2005 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Shanghai Concert. The venue is a regular venue for concert performances, including concerts of western opera by the CNOH company.
The building was designed by French architect Paul Andreu and the Huadong Architectural Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.. It merges architectural artistry with functionality. The material of the façades is mainly laminated glass incorporating perforated metal sheets. The five interconnected hemispherical halls or 'petals', resembling a butterfly or butterfly orchid from above, each 'petal' belonging in turn to the entrance hall, the Performance Hall, the Concert Hall, the Exhibition Hall, and the Opera Hall, respectively.
To avoid confusion when inside, the interior of each of the five segments are decorated with large distinctly coloured pebbles hung on the walls as a means of differentiating between them. Inside, the dark granite floors and richly hued furnishings offer the feeling of being inside a forest, while the metal-layered glass screen walls filter the sunshine for a softly diffused forest floor effect.