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Grand Opera House in Shanghai

Contemporary Public Building Project in China – design by Snøhetta, Architects

3 Apr 2019

Shanghai Grand Opera House

Architects: Snøhetta, Norway

Location: Shanghai, China

Snøhetta Commissioned to Design the Shanghai Grand Opera House

Grand Opera House in Shanghai

Following an international design competition, Snøhetta has been commissioned to design the Shanghai Grand Opera House in Shanghai, China.

Grand Opera House in Shanghai

The project aims to attract a broad audience through offering both traditional and Chinese opera performances, classical concerts and more experimental performances that will attract a younger audience.

Contemporary Public Building Project in China design by Snøhetta Architects

Snøhetta has developed the architectural, landscape, interior, and graphic design for the Opera, and the project will be undertaken in partnership with Shanghai-based architects ECADI.

Grand Opera House Shanghai

The new Opera House is an important part of a new urban master plan for Shanghai that aims to place the city at the forefront of the globe, economically, scientifically, and culturally.

Grand Opera House in Shanghai by Snøhetta Architects

The Opera House is expected to become one of the major cultural landmarks of Shanghai – the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan names it as the most important initiative to strengthen Shanghai’s cultural and global influence.

Chinese Opera House Building by Snøhetta Architects

“The Shanghai Grand Opera House is a natural progression of our previous work with designing performing arts centers,” says Snøhetta Founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen.

Chinese Opera House Building

“It is a culmination of the competence and insight gained through projects such as the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, the Busan Opera House in South Korea, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in Canada, and the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers renovation in Paris. The Shanghai Grand Opera House is a product of our contextual understanding and values, designed to promote public ownership of the building for the people of Shanghai and beyond”.

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The new Opera House will be built in the Expo Houtan neighborhood, located at the convex bank in the riverside area near Huangpu River. The neighborhood, which will have an ecological and low-carbon profile, emphasizes the Opera’s mission of being a public and open venue. The radial layout of the surrounding landscapes harmonizes with the overall geometry of the Opera building, ensuring key view paths from both the Opera to the city, and from the city to the Opera.
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