2/24/2011

Zaha Hadid's Guangzhou Opera House

Tomorrow Zaha Hadid's Guangzhou Opera House will be open to the world.  Located in one of China's newest cultural centers and overlooking the Pearl River, the Guangzhou Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou's cultural sites development.  The 70,000 sqm project consists of two solid geometric forms wrapped with a structural exoskeleton.  The two components with their similar form, color and shared structural expression, create a strong artistic expression to house the cultural center.  The exterior angles are carried through into the interior crating consistency and unifying the visual experience, shaping dynamic gathering spaces.  The program consists of an 1,800 seat Grand theater, entrance lobby and lounge, multifunctional hall, and other auxiliary facilities & support premises.  Hadid explained to Archdaily that its unique twin boulder design will enhance urban function by opening access to the riverside and dock areas and creating a new dialogue with the emerging new town.