Guangzhou opera house by zaha hadid is nearing completion with a projected opening date of early 2011. The 70,000 m2 complex rests at the heart of the city’s cultural sites development, establishing a close relationship with the Pearl river to the South of China.
Featuring two volumes wrapped in a triangulated skin of concrete, glass, and steel, the project aims to enhance urban functions by opening access to the riverside and dock. The resulting design serves as an urban and iconic gateway while establishing Guangzhou as one of Asia’s cultural epicenters.
The spine and structural frame of the faceted skin is a dominant element in the interior space: the lobby, entrance, and circulation area interacts with the dynamic treatment, moving and guiding the visitors throughout the volume.