Shanghai Grand Opera House

There isn’t hitherto any Opera House in the world that attempts to truly EXPRESS ARCHITECTURALLY, the emotion that opera produces in humans; the perfect symbiosis of an instinctive feeling that emanates from our organic nature, with a unique sensation of levitation, of “spiritual flotation”, that invades our minds.

 

Buildings based in banal metaphors of musical instruments are not valid anymore; neither are the ones relying in historical models. We cannot even appeal to the mannerist attempts of  “even harder” stylistic exercises. We want to express, as abstractly and concisely as possible, the contrast between the telluric passion and the spiritual levitation that makes of an opera performance the most emotional and culturally intense experience that art is able to produce.

 

The Shanghai Grand Opera House will not follow any model, any banal figurative reading. On the contrary, it will require and generate an analogous commitment to the one of listening to opera, seeking to resonate with its experience, translated to the mineral language of architecture.

 

 

facts

2017

client: Shanghai Lujiazui gruop Co.Ltd

location: Shanghai, China

program: Opera

area: 110.000 m2

status: International Competition

credits

ARCHITECURE: Ábalos + Sentkiewicz (AS+)
Project Directors: Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz, Jerónimo van Schendel (AS+)
Collaborators: Alejandra Salvador, Eduardo López, Natalia Deus, Laura Florentín, Héctor Múñoz (AS+), Yiqun Wang (Atelier L+)

LOCAL REGULATION EXPERT: Linxue Li (Atelier L+)

STRUCTURE: BAC Engineering Consultancy Group
Team: Lluis Moyá, Agustí Obiol, Xavier Aguiló

THERMODYNAMICS: TRANSSOLAR KLIMA ENG
Team: Matthias Schuler, , Nadir Abdessemed, Raphael Lafargue

THEATER CONSULTANTS: Theateradvies
Team: Louis Janssen, Gerbrand Borgdorff, Caroline Noteboom

MODELS: Shanghai Xiuneixiumel Make Models CO.LTD. , ShanghaiI Ruihe Culture Comunication CO.LTD

RENDERS: Ginsul Arqchitectural rendering




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