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Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid Architects

  • 01:00 - 1 March, 2011
Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid Architects
Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • 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
  • Area

    70000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineering

    SHTK (Shanghai, China); Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute
  • Theater Consultants

    ENFI (Beijing, China)
  • Lighting Consultant

    Beijing Light & View (Beijing, China)
  • Project Management

    Guangzhou Municipal Construction Group Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)
  • Building Services

    Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute (Guangzhou, China)
  • Acoustic Consultants

    Marshall Day Acoustics (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Construction Management

    Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)
  • Main Contractor

    China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co. Ltd. (Guangdong, China)
  • More SpecsLess Specs

From the architect. 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.

©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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.

©  Iwan Baan
© 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.

©  Iwan Baan
© 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.

©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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.

©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid Architects" 01 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/115949/guangzhou-opera-house-zaha-hadid-architects/>
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67 Comments

Tr??ng ??i Th?nh · October 06, 2013

Tôi r?t t? ng??ng m? phong cách thi?t k? c?a Zaha...!
Nh?ng thi?t k? cho ta cái nhìn khác v? k?t c?u và s? ti?n hóa ??n d?n v?i t? nhiên h?n.

Agustín · August 27, 2012

Fascinating textures and surfaces, but I don't agree with this kind of "disguised" architecture where innovative skin hides a conventional and standard plan

Mare Sheppard · August 14, 2012

I love Zaha Hadid for their "unique exploration of contextual urban relationships": http://t.co/U1n6mTka Check out that interior! and for...

Maria Pelaez · January 14, 2012

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Gradinar Razvan · September 07, 2011

Another great building by ZH, love the interior! Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha hadid http://t.co/A2IJ20b

Guy · August 10, 2011

This skulpural iconice architectur is overe.
iconic beakons detached fron there enviromet are so 1997-2005e. The lasre of the jedies

Tika Laras Kusuma · June 30, 2011

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Ramon Perez Gatell · May 29, 2011

What software was used to develop the design and to draw the final construction documents?

dude · August 05, 2011 11:16 AM

shumacher probably designed it in rhino with sliders (the man is obsessed with parametrics), the construction drawings were produced with another BIM software probably Revit but I wouldnt bet on it, knowing these starchitects, they generally use an inhouse programs

naqib shariff · May 24, 2011

melampau sangat dah zaha hadid ni. melampau. http://www.archdaily.com/11594...

CHEEEPE · April 13, 2011

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Sara AlMutlaq ? · March 12, 2011

Zaha Hadid&#39s Opera house, don&#39t like her, but like this: http://www.archdaily.com/11594...

Barby Omodei · March 11, 2011

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james · March 09, 2011

pictures of the actualy auditorium are breathtaking... archdaily doesn't have them posted

Indri Aldwiati, ST · March 08, 2011

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MiguelArq · March 03, 2011

Zaha Hadid show us architecture is not only construction, is Art and thought.

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mr T · March 03, 2011

the modern age has lost all meaning of traditional relationships with nature. where it actually meant something. philosophically underpinned with ideas that essentially reject traditional frames of reference, all talk of the 'river & pepples' seem almost profoundly ludicrous. made with tons of steel & built by big egos & costing who knows what & not remotely environmentally conscious &...etc etc. all this just so we could have an 'urban sculpture'?

SungWha Na · March 02, 2011

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Sean Cleary · March 02, 2011

Zaha does it again, truly amazing interior for the main auditorium: http://bit.ly/f5kshM ( via @ArchDaily )

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Mister China · March 02, 2011

RT: @JANEcttl Guangzhou Opera House. http://bit.ly/ihuzSu #architecture #china. Looks amazing!

Ryan Wilson · March 02, 2011

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Jane Tjon Tjauw Liem · March 02, 2011

Guangzhou Opera House. http://bit.ly/ihuzSu #architecture #china

james ssena · March 02, 2011

man.i wanted to see some green in it,i mean plant.it looks a bit foreign to the site thou it has the concept of nature in it.otherwise it is all cool.

Nicholas Patten · March 02, 2011

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a+[plus] technical · March 02, 2011

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Germán · March 02, 2011

I agree with Orlando, that skin is a superfluous treatment hiding the true building's volumetry, a sort of flamboyant costume.

Sanjeev Sabharwal · March 02, 2011 08:59 PM

Yes, but a necessary one, considering that rectilinear spaces have to cohere to form the concept boulders.
Form IS a part of function! In this case, one of the Major Functions was Form!! It's the Urban Sculpture that you seem to be missing!!!

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Timothy Horton · March 02, 2011

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Gabriel · March 02, 2011

i&#39m not even sure if the new zaha guangzhou opera house is for real. http://t.co/4ewFLaM via @archdaily

orlando · March 02, 2011

sections show how unnecesary that skin is, the PURE volumes are cubic

Burns & McDonnell · March 02, 2011

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up_today_arch · March 02, 2011

Real crearivity after long break.....

Sanjeev Sabharwal · March 02, 2011

Fantastic Urban Sculpture!

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Katsudon · March 02, 2011

I hope they're thinking about new costumes for attendants to fit the spaceship style interior?

Rajan Reddy · March 02, 2011

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Rosca · March 02, 2011

not a catalyst, I would say, since it is a part of a larger development headed by the government. and not next to a river either. and the thing has more steel in it than the bird's nest in beijing.

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ChangChang · March 02, 2011

The erosion concept seems good and interesting, but way too much figurative in this case, although I really like the rehearsal room and the structure layout.

Allan · March 02, 2011

Beautiful public building.

architect · March 02, 2011

i think this architecture lacks emotion...

Als · March 02, 2011 02:28 AM

In contrast it generates emotion in people.

Allan · March 02, 2011 02:27 AM

In contrast it generates emotion in people.

rockylovesemily · March 02, 2011

it is so captivating that i dont think anything short of genius will suffice, yo.

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