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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Snøhetta to build Shanghai Grand Opera House

Snøhetta has unveiled images of its plan for Shanghai's new opera house, with its radially arranged roof forming a spiraling staircase that connects the upper levels to a public square beside the Huangpu River.

Drawn up in collaboration with the Chinese firm ECADI, the design won the international competition held for the purpose. and will be part of a progression of performing arts buildings carried out by the practice of Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and Craig Dykers, including the building for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, completed in 2008.

The Shanghai Grand Opera House will have three auditoriums (seating 2,000, 1,200, and 1,000) and all will be adaptable to the particular needs of events, with built-in technical solutions for optimizing acoustics.

The spiraling motion of the roof extends into the building, combining silk and oak wood. The red in the foyer strikes a contrast with the white exterior.
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