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Guangzhou Opera House in China by Zaha Hadid Architects

 
March 3rd, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Zaha Hadid
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Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion, the Guangzhou Opera House sits in perfect harmony with its riverside location. The Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou’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 Guangzhou’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.

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

  • PROGRAM: 1,800 seat grand theatre, entrance lobby & lounge; 400-seat multifunction hall, rehearsal rooms and other auxiliary facilities
  • CLIENT: Guangzhou Municipal Government
  • ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Design: Zaha Hadid
  • 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 Jian
  • Competition Team: 1st Stage: Filippo Innocenti, Matias Musacchio, Jenny Huang, Hon Kong Chee, Markus Planteu,Paola Cattarin, Tamar Jacobs, Yael Brosilovski, Viggo Haremst, Christian Ludwig, Christina Beaumont, Lorenzo Grifantini, Flavio La Gioia, Nina Safainia, Fernando Vera, Martin Henn, Achim Gergen, Graham Modlen, Imran Mahmood
  • 2nd Stage: Cyril Shing, YanSong Ma, Yosuke Hayano, Adriano De Gioannis, Barbara Pfenningstorff
  • CONSULTANTS: Local design institute: Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute (Guangzhou, China)
  • Structural engineers: SHTK (Shanghai, China); Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute
  • Façade engineering: KGE Engineering (Zhuhai, China)
  • Acoustic consultants: Marshall Day Acoustics (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Theatre consultant: ENFI (Beijing, China)
  • Lighting design consultant: Beijing Light & View (Beijing, China)
  • Project management: Guangzhou Municipal Construction Group Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)
  • Construction management: Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)
  • Cost consultant: Guangzhou Jiancheng Engineering Costing Consultant
  • Principal contractor: China Construction
  • SIZE/AREA : Project 70,000 m2
  • Site: 42,393 m2
  • Year: 2003-2010
  • Photographs: Iwan BaanChristian Richters, Virgile Simon Bertrand

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

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 Guangzhou Opera House design has been particularly influenced by river valleys – and the way in which they are transformed by erosion.

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

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 glass-fibre reinforced gypsum (GFRC) units have been used for the interior of the auditorium to continue the architectural language of fluidity and seamlessness.
The Guangzhou 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 Zaha Hadid Architects’ unique exploration of contextual urban relationships, combining the cultural traditions that have shaped Guangzhou’s history, with the ambition and optimism that will create its future.

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Timeline:

  • July 2002: Guangzhou Opera House International Architecture competition
  • Nov. 2002: Announcement of the International Architectural Competition: Zaha Hadid
  • Oct. 2004: Commencement of Schematic Design
  • Jan. 2005: Ground-Breaking Ceremony
  • April 2010: Test Performance and Acoustics Tests
  • May 2010: Initial performance: ‘Turandot’ conducted by Lorin Maazel
  • Feb. 2011: ‘International Architectural Review’ with Zaha Hadid

Photograph by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Photograph by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Photograph by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Photograph by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Photograph by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Photograph by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Photograph by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

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