Guangzhou Opera House | Zaha Hadid Architects

Guangzhou Opera House - Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: 
Project Director: Woody K.T. Yao, Patrik Schumacher
Project Leader: Simon Yu
Project Team: Jason Guo, Yang Jingwen, Long Jiang, Ta-Kang Hsu, Yi- Ching Liu, Zhi Wang, Christine Chow, Cyril Shing, Filippo Innocenti, Lourdes Sanchez, Hinki Kwong, Junkai Jiang
Local Design Institute:  Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute ()
Structural Engineering: SHTK (Shanghai, );  Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute
Façade Engineering: KGE Engineering (Zhuhai, )
Building Services:  Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute ()
Acoustic Consultants: Marshall Day Acoustics (Melbourne, Australia)
Theater Consultants: ENFI (Beijing, )
Lighting Consultant: Beijing Light & View (Beijing, )
Project Management:  Municipal Construction Group Co. Ltd. (,)
Construction Management:  Construction Engineering Supervision Co. Ltd. ()
Main Contractor:  Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co. Ltd. (Guangdong,)
Project Area: 70,000 sqm
Project Year: 2003-2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

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Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion, the  Opera House sits in perfect harmony with its riverside location. The Opera House is at the heart of ’s cultural development. Its unique twin-boulder design enhances the city by opening it to the Pearl River, unifying the adjacent cultural buildings with the towers of international finance in ’s Zhujiang new town.

The 1,800-seat auditorium of the Opera House houses the very latest acoustic technology, and the smaller 400-seat multifunction hall is designed for performance art, opera and concerts in the round.

The design evolved from the concepts of a natural landscape and the fascinating interplay between architecture and nature; engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography. The  Opera House design has been particularly influenced by river valleys – and the way in which they are transformed by erosion.

Fold lines in this landscape define territories and zones within the Opera House, cutting dramatic interior and exterior canyons for circulation, lobbies and cafes, and allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the building. Smooth transitions between disparate elements and different levels continue this landscape analogy. Custom moulded -fibre reinforced gypsum (GFRC) units have been used for the interior of the auditorium to continue the architectural language of fluidity and seamlessness.

The  Opera House has been the catalyst for the development of cultural facilities in the city including new museums, library and archive. The Opera House design is the latest realization of ’ unique exploration of contextual urban relationships, combining the cultural traditions that have shaped ’s history, with the ambition and optimism that will create its future.

http://www.archdaily.com/115949/guangzhou-opera-house-zaha-hadid-architects/

 

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