Guangzhou, the new spectacular Opera House by Zaha Hadid.

The Opera House

In Guangzhou, on the bank of the Pearl River, the long awaited Opera House by Zaha Hadid cuts a striking profile in the warehouses of the port of this bustling Chinese city. The Opera House, which opened to the public on 24 February ’11 , is in the heart of the cultural complex on the banks of the river, which also includes the Canton Tower of the studio “Information Based Architecture”. The structure of 7,000 square meters, costed € 77 million, is divided into two bodies, similar to two boulders, which connect it to two adjacent opera houses and to the sites and museums that belong to this part of the town recently built. The hall is housed in a lock and restaurant, bars and shops in the other.

The Opera House

While the exterior is silent and stony with its shades of silvery gray, the interior clearly belong to the other end of the spectrum. The walls of the main hall are gold bands punctuated by scattered lights. The corridors are a spectacular composition of glass in triangular pieces and floating strips of concrete.

The interior

Liu Xiaolu, a spokesman for the project of Guangzhou, told the New York Times: “The cultural scene, until recently relatively small, has changed rapidly. Before there were only Beijing and Shanghai. The most important international shows – of opera or pop music – went over our head straight to Hong Kong. The Opera House is the place we needed to house them. We did not even have a stage large enough to hold all of the swans of the Swan Lake. now is the time to Guangzhou “.

The interior

The building marks the choice of Guangzhou to host the Asian Games, and the millions of dollars invested in the preparations, including a new city museum and a neighborhood completely new, underline the ambition of the city, not only to intercept money and tourists from its neighbors at the delta of the Pearl River, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, but to become itself an Asian city of primary importance.

The corridors





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