SHANGHAI Music Hall was lifted up by 2mm with 59 hoist jacks early Tuesday morning, an overture to a cumulative about 3m high and about 66m long relocation journey.
The music hall has been put onto a 1,800-tonne armoured concrete tray, which will help the 5,650-tonne building move along tracks. Both the outside and inside of the building have been bound with steel structures.
At the new site, it will be further raised by almost 2m so that a new foundation can be moulded to dovetail with the building.
The Shanghai Music Hall, built in 1930, was designed by Chinas modern architects Fan Wenzhao and Zhao Chen and is one of the few Western-style buildings designed by Chinese in Shanghai.
The relocation is being made due to noise from neighbouring areas. With the citys busiest expressway nearby, the aged building has been plagued by noise and exhaust gas. With its south and west walls close to a populated residential complex, daily chaos often burst into the music hall.
The relocation project is expected to be finished next month.
If (the move is) successful, the Shanghai Music Hall will reopen on Jan 1, 2004, and people will then enjoy a musical palace with both original flavours and modern characteristics, said Miao Luming, general manager of the music hall.
The Shanghai Music Hall still boasted top-level acoustics among local music halls according to relevant tests done last year and the music hall would try to maintain its traditional advantage of audio effects after relocation, Miao said. Peoples Daily
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