Design Background

The East Lake Hi-tech Development Zone with a planned area of 518 square kilometers is also known as Optical Valley of China. After more than 30 years of development, its comprehensive strength and brand influence have been greatly improved, ranking the first among national hi-tech zones in knowledge creation and technological innovation ability. It becomes one of key construction programs of national “world-class hi-tech park”.

Optics Valley Central City, with a planned area of 36.15 square kilometers, is located in node of the “Golden Cross Axis” (in the intersection of Optics Valley Science and Technology Innovation Corridor in the east-west, and Central Ecological Corridor in the north-south). It is the core carrier of urban functions in the East Lake Hi-tech Development Zone, positioned as the main center of Wuhan Optics Valley Vice City, the demonstration area of innovation development services in the East Lake Science City, as well as the center of science technology and finance innovation in central China. It is committed to build an Optical Valley administrative exhibition center integrating administrative office, science and technology exhibition, conference and communication; a modern service industry gathering center integrating finance and commerce, headquarters economy and management consulting; and a livable and dynamic living center integrating leisure shopping, sports and entertainment, medical and health care. The planning characteristics of open “small block and dense road network” are distinctive. After 8 years of development, the functional goal of building Optics Valley Central City into “Optics Valley Administrative Exhibition Center” has been basically achieved, the northern core area has taken shape, where the style of the new town has initially appeared.

To build an open, diversified and vibrant public cultural service supply system, promote the integration of industry and city, as well as continuously enhance residents a sense of cultural acquisition and happiness, Wuhan East Lake Hi-tech Development Zone Administration plans to launch the construction of Optical Valley Grand Theater and Optical Valley Concert Hall.


Design Scope

Optics Valley Grand Theater and Optical Valley Concert Hall are located in the north core area of the Optics Valley Central City, reaching Optics Valley Fifth Road in the west, surrounded by Xinyuexi Park from the other three directions. Shendun Third Road cutting across divides the site into two plots. The site area is 2.13 hectares and the total floor area is no more than 69,200 square meters. This invest plan is 1.2 billion CNY.

Project location

Relationship between the project and Optical Valley Central City

Design scope and the land-use planning

The surrounding area of the project are mainly business and commercial districts, which is also the concentrated development area of high-rise buildings and underground space in Optical Valley Central City. Xinyuexi Park which connects to Optical Valley Central Ecological Corridor provides rich open space and great view of the landscape. Two main roads, Optics Valley Fifth Road and Gaoxin Second Road, are the main axis of public activities in Optics Valley Central City. Furthermore, superior transportation conditions contribute to the project by the Metro Line 19, Line 11, Line 13 and their two intersection stations in the north and south.


Design Requirements

  • Overall Positioning

Optical Valley Grand Theater and Optical Valley Concert Hall are important nodes of urban cultural space. Based on the design theme of “Going by the light – sharing science & technology”, regional characteristics, ecological notions, science and technology and innovation subject are needed to take into account. And the goal is to create a new platform with an international leading level, professional and multi-functional cultural exchanges, a new landmark of cultural industry, as well as a high quality culture and art city parlor. The design should follow the principles of specialization, integrality, openness, low-carbon, interconnection and cost-efficiency, keeping a good balance between the  innovation, implementation and operation.

  • Main Function

The project mainly contains a public theater (1,500 audience seats) and a concert hall (1,200 audience seats), as well as multi-functional theaters and subsidiary rooms. It will become a cultural building with diversified functions and rich sense of science and technology, which could meet the needs of various types of performance and reflect the cultural connotation and features of Optical Valley, as well as provide a leisure space for citizens. Other functions could be considered according to the relevant design scale and standards within the design.

  • Planning and Design Conditions
  1. The northern plot: planned recreational land with site area of 7,864.32 square meters, rated floor area ratio of 3.1, total floor area of no more than 24,500 square meters, building density of no more than 50%, building height of no more than 40 meters, green ratio of no less than 5%.
  2. The southern plot: planned recreational land with site area of 13,382.28 square meters, rated floor area ratio of 2.1, total floor area of no more than 28,100 square meters, building density of no more than 50%, building height of no more than 40 meters, green ratio of no less than 5%. A public toilet with floor area of 100 square meters need to be considered in this plot.
  3. The underground space of the site are mainly public service facilities (commercial) and auxiliary parking. The scale of underground public service facilities (commercial) is no more than 50,500 square meters on the northern plot and no more than 11,100 square meters on the southern plot respectively.
  4. A space around 3000 square meters for high-tech zone planning exhibition hall need to be reserved on the ground floor of the site.
  5. The planning and design should meet relevant regulations, considering an underground high-voltage corridor control line along Shendun Third Road.
  6. The planning and architecture design should meet the requirement of Construction Engineering Planning Management Regulation in Wuhan City (Decree No. 248 of the People’s Government of Wuhan City), Unified Standard for Design of Civil Buildings (GB50352-2019), Code for Design of Theater Buildings (JGJ57-2016), Code for Acoustic Design of Theaters, Cinemas and Multi-functional Hall Buildings (GB/T50356-2005), Code for Barrier-free Design (GB50763-2012), as well as other national and local codes.


Registration Requirements

  1. The competition registration is open to all design institutions at home and abroad with the following design experience: The institution has designed and completed at least three public building projects (already built or under construction) of over 30,000 square meters (not including underground); The lead architect has designed and completed at least one performing building project (either under construction or under construction).
  2. Design institutions must have legally registered and valid business licenses. Different design institutions and organizations with the same person in charge, or have an association of holding controlling interest or management, are not allowed to register simultaneously.
  3. Consortiums with no more than 3 members are allowed to register, a written consortium agreement to clarify the lead unit and the respective responsibilities is needed. All units in one consortium cannot join in other consortiums or as an Independent unit to register.
  4. Individuals and individual combinations are not accepted in registration.
  5. Optical Valley Grand Theater and Optical Valley Concert Hall are a project and cannot be split.
  6. Please fill, seal, scan the registration form (click “Read the original text” to downloadaccess code: bzzx) and send it to [email protected]to obtain the design assignment, in which you could also find the details of credit certificate document requirements.

Solicitation Process

The open solicitation is divided into two stages, “registration and pre-qualification” and “concept design review”.

  1. As soon as the registration form is submitted and verified, organizer will provide design assignment and basic material package. After the credit certificate and concept proposal document are submitted, a pre-qualification meeting will be hold, on which the expert group will vote to select 6 design institutions without ranking.
  2. The design institutions in the shortlist continue to finish their concept designs. A concept design review meeting will be hold, on which the expert group will vote to select 3 winning scheme designs. The sponsor will decide one design institution (consortium) to carry out the follow-up design after comprehensive evaluation and then an additional design contract will be signed.


Design Fees

The total design fee is 6 million CNY (about US$945,000).

Each of the 6 shortlisted design institutions will receive a design compensation of 500,000 CNY (about US$78,700). To the three winning design institutions, the first will receive 1.5 million CNY (about US$236,300), the second 1.0 million CNY (about US$157,500)and the third 500,000 CNY (about US$78,700) (Note: All the above fees include taxes).


Solicitation Schedule

The duration of the solicitation is from March to June 2022, and schedule is as follows:

Note: The above timetable adopts Beijing time and is subject to adjustment by the organizer.


Submission Requirements

A. Pre-qualification Stage

  1. Credit certificate document: including profile of the design institution, business license or effective business registration document of the design practice, consortium agreement, projects list of design institutions, schedule of design team, resumes of the chief architect.
  2. Concept proposal document:including two display boards in A0 size (portrait), one electronic achievement of the display board, one video of no more than 5 minutes, the contents of which should include but are not limited to the following:
  • Design ideas, concepts and related analysis graphics;
  • General layout plan and major economic and technical indicators;
  • Plans, elevations and sections;
  • Renderings;
  • Other necessary analysis diagrams and drawings that express the design intention and conception.

B. Concept Design Review Stage

Including ten atlas in A3 size, six display boards in A0 size (portrait), one electronic achievement of atlas and display board, one electronic presentation document, the contents of which should include but are not limited to the following:

  • Design description;
  • General layout plan;
  • Analysis graphics;
  • Renderings;
  • Single building designs;
  • Project construction investment estimation.


Solicitation State

  • The design fees of the solicitation will be paid in RMB within the borders of China. Domestic independent legal person could be authorized to receive the payment on their behalf if the design institutions or individuals from overseas cannot receive a payment of RMB.
  • The design institutions have the rights of authorship of concept design. With the permission of the sponsor, concept design will be evaluated and displayed through mass media, professional magazines, books and periodicals or other forms. The sponsor, organizer and the project construction company have the rights to use or adjust concept design wholly or partly in the consultation of the project, and the rights to print, publish and exhibit concept design through mass media, professional magazines, books and periodicals or other forms.
  • Concept design should be original and not have been published in any form. The design or any material used should not infringe any copyright, trademark right, patent right and other rights of the third party. If infringement occurs, all such disputes and legal liabilities will be borne by the design institution. If infringement causes losses, the compensation will be borne by the design institution too.
  • The design institutions should abide by the relevant provisions in China, properly keep the drawings and data provided by the sponsor, and protect their intellectual properties. Assignments and basic material packages should not be transferred to a third party or be used in other projects without the permission of the sponsor.
  • The design institutions participating in the solicitation are regarded as acknowledging all the provisions in this Announcement.
  • The laws and regulations applied to the solicitation activity and related documents are the laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China.


Organization and Contact Information

Sponsor: The East Lake Hi-tech Development Zone Administration

Organizer: Natural Resources and Planning Bureau of East Lake Hi-tech Development ZoneWuhan Optical Valley Central City Construction Service CenterWuhan Planning & Research and Exhibition CenterZHONG GUI WUHAN Working Group

Co-organizer: Wuhan Optical Valley Central City Construction and Investment Co., Ltd.

Contact information

+86 027-82719137

+86 15927332351  Ms.Yang

+86 15623540639  Ms.Dong

Consultation time9:00-12:00,15:00-17:30( Monday to Friday)

AddressBlock A, Jianghua Complex Building, Jiang’an District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province

Contact mailbox[email protected]



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