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Snøhetta has been commissioned for the design of the Shanghai Grand Opera House in Shanghai, China, following an international design competition. Aiming to attract a broad audience for traditional, classical, and experimental performances, Snøhetta has developed the architectural, landscape, interior, and graphic design for the sweeping complex in collaboration with Shanghai-based architects ECADI. The Opera House will form part of a new urban masterplan for Shanghai, named as the most important initiative of the country’s Five-Year Plan for cultural and global influence. Situated in the Expo Houtan neighborhood, at a convex bank in the riverside, the scheme’s primary mission is to be a public, open venue that harmonizes with the radial layout of the surrounding landscape. Designed to bring artists and the public under one roof, the sweeping form of the Opera House features a roof surface conjuring notions of an unfolding fan, “capturing the dynamism of dance and the human body.” The radial movements of the roof form a spiraling staircase that connects the ground and rooftop while offering views across the city and river bank. This spiraling motion continues throughout the project in the lobby, halls, and three auditoriums. View more View full description
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