the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. News
  3. First Images Released of Henning Larsen Architects' Yuhang Opera

First Images Released of Henning Larsen Architects' Yuhang Opera

First Images Released of Henning Larsen Architects' Yuhang Opera
First Images Released of Henning Larsen Architects' Yuhang Opera, © Henning Larsen Architects
© Henning Larsen Architects

Coinciding with their tenth anniversary of the Royal Danish Opera, Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled plans for a new Chinese Opera house in Yuhang. The project, sited in “the middle of a lake, on display to the entire city,” will serve as the centerpiece of an expansive new cultural district north of Hangzhou. It’s design, described by Henning Larsen to be more “playful” than the Copenhagen Opera, will feature a unique geometric facade and sloping roof, backdropped by a waterfront recreational park.

© Henning Larsen Architects
© Henning Larsen Architects

“To most people, going to the opera is at once a cultural and social experience: one goes to the opera to see a performance, but also to be seen. Thus, the social interaction of attendees before, during and after the show is just as important as the design of the auditorium itself,” said Henning Larsen. 

“Light footbridges and balconies in the grand foyer of the Copenhagen Opera form the architectural answer to this staging of human interaction, providing points from which guests can watch each other and become part of the social event of going to the theatre. This unifying, active foyer space is conceptually repeated in the Yuhang opera, though through a different architectural idiom.”

© Henning Larsen Architects
© Henning Larsen Architects

In addition to the opera, the Yuhang project will include a theater, two museums, an art school and retail stores. An expected completion date has yet to be announced.

About this author
Karissa Rosenfield
Author
Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "First Images Released of Henning Larsen Architects' Yuhang Opera" 25 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/591253/first-images-released-of-henning-larsen-architects-yuhang-opera/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments