Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid

© Sharwe

Our chinese reader Sharwe shared with us some actual photographs of the construction process of this 70,000 sqm Opera House designed by Zaha Hadid in , . With this building, which includes 1,800 seats in the Grand theatre, entrance lobby & lounge, Multifunction hall, other auxiliary facilities & support premises, Zaha is trying to confirm this city as one of Asia’s cultural centres.

More images after the break.

© Sharwe
© Sharwe
© Sharwe
© Sharwe
Cite: Saieh, Nico. "Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid" 25 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Dave

    I liked the building from the outside and how the angles worked but the inside is a lot more impressive – I think it is striking, I hope people are being encouraged to go inside.

  • H. Roark

    Looks really grim now, will look even grimmer in 30 years time.

    • thom yorke


  • Julio Ramirez Bruna

    People always talk about Zaha’s work with a special tone, I think she is so avantagard, it doesn’t look like anything i ever seen,,, sometimes this project makes me remember THe Essen Opera House of Alvar Aalto, It’s so elegant, but most of all is the spatial considerations she took for the foyer, halls and staircase, greeting !!!!!!!!!!

    • Henri

      Thanks i could not remenber where i had seen such space. Defenetly Alvar Aalto opera

  • els

    Very depressing and chunky from the outside, the inside saves it somehow, you would expect that a cultural centre would express its purpose by leaving some hints on the exterior on the experience that awaits the visitors!

  • sharwe

    I will continue to bring you the new buildings in China!

    • wangshiqi


    • your an idiot


    • Albert

      “ Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty! “

      Charles Baudelaire


    • 吃肥肉的蚂蚁


  • Wes

    I was never a Zaha fan, but it’s always fascinating and a pleasure to see her work become reality and imagine how much work must have gone into working out the technical aspects of it. Whether you like it or not, these images are quite something to look at.

  • Herr K

    zaha’s work is not my cup of tea. most of the times i’m shocked how indifferently she’s handling the different building side: from Basels old town to a chinese boomtown: it’s all done with the same instruments.

    but this one really impresses me a lot and it will give the rather anonymous looking quarter a point of identification

  • amor poligonero


  • sonny

    I watched a ballet performance there four months ago. I am not her fan but I have to say the experience was wonderful, like a dream.

  • kc

    Lovely although I wish they have treated the ground as advanced as the building, because right now its too much concrete when you are looking down, and too much of the same thing takes away from the building.
    But when im not seeing the ground from far away and inside it’s a hot project. Love dynamic form and Zaha is very good at it.

  • olo

    mamazing….and now you can write that she is a mistake

  • studio13 matter what, one thing for sure. Guangzhou is a very lucky city to have this architecture contributed to its society.

    And thumbs up for china, the fact that they appreciates and trusted architecture to such scale. I mean, Hadid. wow.