The Tianjin Juilliard School



The Tianjin Juilliard School (TJS) is a center for performance, practice, research, and interactive exhibitions, with communal spaces that are designed to welcome the public into the creative process and performance of music. The school offers a graduate program for a Master of Music degree in orchestral studies, chamber music, or collaborative piano; a Saturday pre-college program for talented students ages 8-18; continuing education and public education programs; and public performances. As the branch campus of The Juilliard School, Tianjin Juilliard is the first performing arts institution in China to confer a U.S.-accredited Master of Music (MM) degree. Located in Tianjin’s new Binhai district, the 32,500 m2 (350,000 square-foot) building was designed by Diller  Scofidio + Renfro, the same firm responsible for the 2009 expansion of Juilliard’s iconic New York home.

The building is composed of four faceted pavilions housing a 690-seat concert hall, a 299-seat recital hall, a 225-seat black box theater, and administrative, faculty, and rehearsal programs. Five glass bridges span an expansive public space that extends the surrounding park into the building, inviting students, visitors and concert goers to mingle, relax and experience the students practicing and giving informal performances. The bridges contain classrooms, teaching studios, and practice rooms, all clad in transparent glass to encourage visual and auditory access to the study of music, inviting both casual and structured exchange between students, faculty and visitors.

With design features throughout that mirror those of The Juilliard School in New York, the institute also utilizes leading edge telecommunication and video conferencing technologies to ensure a high degree of connectivity and collaboration between students and faculty at Tianjin Juilliard School and The Juilliard School in New York. The Juilliard Imagination space, for example, is a digitally connected exhibition space, capable of hosting livestreamed concerts between both Juilliard facilities.

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Project information
Size (GSF)350000LocationThe Tianjin Juilliard School, Tianjin, China
CompletionOctober 2020groundbreaking15th June 2017Commission2014
PartnersCharles Renfro,Elizabeth Diller,Benjamin Gilmartin,and Ricardo Scofidio
Project DirectorEllix Wu
Lead DesignerBrian Tabolt
Project ArchitectAyat Fadaifard and Heng-Choong Leong
Project TeamAndrés Macera,Yushiro Okamoto,Jack Solomon,Michael Robitz,David Chacon,Ling Zhang,Barry Beagen,Bo Liu,Eduardo Ponce,and Andrew Bertics
External credits
East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI)Executive Architect and Structural & MEP Engineer
ArupStructural Engineer,MEP/FP,Fire,and Geothermal
FrontFacade Engineer
Jaffe Holden AcousticsAcoustics
Fisher Dachs AssociatesTheater Design
Tillotson Design AssociatesLighting Designer
Hargreaves JonesLandscape Architect
Shen Milson & WilkeAV / IT
    Photography by Zhang Chao