Guangzhou Opera House
by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects has opened in Guangdong province, China.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Top photograph is by Christian Richters

Shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River, the building houses a 1,800-seat theatre plus 400-seat multifunctional hall, rehearsal rooms and entrance hall.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

The main auditorium is lined with moulded panels made from glass-fibre reinforced gypsum to create a folded, flowing surface.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

The inaugural performance takes place today.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects


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Photographs are by Iwan Baan unless stated otherwise.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Above photograph is by Christian Richters

The information below is from Zaha Hadid Architects:


Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion, the Guangzhou Opera House sits in perfect harmony with its riverside location.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Above photograph is by Christian Richters

The Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou’s cultural development. Its unique twin-boulder design enhances the city by opening it to the Pearl River, unifying the adjacent cultural buildings with the towers of international finance in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang new town.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

The 1,800-seat auditorium of the Opera House houses the very latest acoustic technology, and the smaller 400-seat multifunction hall is designed for performance art, opera and concerts in the round.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

The design evolved from the concepts of a natural landscape and the fascinating interplay between architecture and nature; engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Guangzhou Opera House design has been particularly influenced by river valleys – and the way in which they are transformed by erosion.

Fold lines in this landscape define territories and zones within the Opera House, cutting dramatic interior and exterior canyons for circulation, lobbies and cafes, and allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the building.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Smooth transitions between disparate elements and different levels continue this landscape analogy.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Custom moulded glass-fibre reinforced gypsum (GFRC) units have been used for the interior of the auditorium to continue the architectural language of fluidity and seamlessness.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects
The Guangzhou Opera House has been the catalyst for the development of cultural facilities in the city including new museums, library and archive.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Opera House design is the latest realization of Zaha Hadid Architects’ unique exploration of contextual urban relationships, combining the cultural traditions that have shaped Guangzhou’s history, with the ambition and optimism that will create its future.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Program: 1,800 seat grand theatre, entrance lobby & lounge
400-seat multifunction hall, rehearsal rooms and other auxiliary facilities

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Client: Guangzhou Municipal Government

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Project director: Woody K.T. Yao, Patrik Schumacher
Project leader: Simon Yu

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Project team: Jason Guo, Yang Jingwen, Long Jiang, Ta-Kang Hsu, Yi- Ching Liu, Zhi Wang, Christine Chow, Cyril Shing, Filippo Innocenti, Lourdes Sanchez, Hinki Kwong, Junkai Jiang

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Competition team:

1st Stage: Filippo Innocenti, Matias Musacchio, Jenny Huang, Hon Kong Chee, Markus Planteu,Paola Cattarin, Tamar Jacobs, Yael Brosilovski, Viggo Haremst, Christian Ludwig, Christina Beaumont, Lorenzo Grifantini, Flavio La Gioia, Nina Safainia, Fernando Vera, Martin Henn, Achim Gergen, Graham Modlen, Imran Mahmood

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

2nd Stage: Cyril Shing, YanSong Ma, Yosuke Hayano, Adriano De Gioannis, Barbara Pfenningstorff

Guangzhou  Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Local design institute: Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute (Guangzhou, China)
Structural engineers: SHTK (Shanghai, China); Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute
Facade engineering: KGE Engineering (Zhuhai, China)

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Building services: Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute (Guangzhou, China)
Acoustic consultants: Marshall Day Acoustics (Melbourne, Australia)
Theatre consultant: ENFI (Beijing, China)

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Lighting design consultant: Beijing Light & View (Beijing, China)
Project management: Guangzhou Municipal Construction Group Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)
Construction management: Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Cost consultant: Guangzhou Jiancheng Engineering Costing Consultant Office Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)
Principal contractor: China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co. Ltd. (Guangdong, China)

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Project: 70,000 m2
Site: 42,393m2

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

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  • Jon Watt

    I think there is a huge amount of kindness being shown to Zaha here, I am not a fan of her work but not a rabid anti-haddidist either. The main issue here is that Zaha is not fulfilling her obligations as an architect. Her job is to develop & design a building which the client approves then, & this is the key MANAGE THE PROJECT TO COMPLETION ENSURING THE QUALITY OF WORK! It is quite obvious that this project was either designed by Haddid with no concept of how to realise it properly or with no monitoring of the contractor, either is unforgivable & will leave the world staring in wonder at the fleet of poorly executed Zaha spaceships now littering the architectural landscape slowly crumbling & rotting within years of their completion. Zaha please I know in the white heat of creativity it is hard to keep real life in mind, but you are in a very privileged position, with the ability to shape the urban landscape of so many cities. With great influence comes great responsibility don't squander it or the world will not be kind in it's retrospective assessment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Jones/815825343 Michael Jones

    The interior spaces look spectacular, must be quite dramatic moving through them. I imagine you would get a real sense of anticipation and intrigue approaching the buildings from the outside… pity about the finishing but i bet its worth visiting for the feeling of the spaces?

  • http://close-tome.blogspot.com/ Narta

    great project, i really like it!
    i just saw Zaha Hadid at a lecture in Vienna last week. very interesting.
    check out the article : http://close-tome.blogspot.com/2011/04/zaha-hadid

  • Ramon Perez

    This is way beyond Modern Architecture and I am not sure it is going anywhere even though it is formally very attractive. “Form follows function” is totally absent even if the shape is quite interesting. As some have said, the building’s structure is totally cubic. Seems like “anything goes” and it is impossible to critique on any level. Is architecture “shape” just a fancy envelop or a lot more?

  • penjani nyirenda

    beautiful captivating architectural conceptualization designs.

  • xochi718

    A work of art!