Project: Harbin Opera House
Architects: MAD Architects
Location: Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Area: 850 000 sq ft
Photographs by: Adam Mørk, Iwan Baan
Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects
The northern Chinese city of Harbin is actually known for its dramatic climate as well as natural landscapes. In fact, in which city is actually the host of China’s coolest annual tradition – the earth-famous Ice as well as Snow Festival. Thanks to the mad skills of MAD Architects, Harbin is actually today also the home of the brand fresh Harbin Opera House which was completed in 2015 as well as spans across 850 000 square feet.
In which amazing structure is actually built on the Harbin Cultural Island as well as comprises a theater holding over 1,0 as well as a more intimate auditorium of 400. On top of in which, the Harbin Opera House incorporates a rooftop terrace in which offers views of the Harbin metropolitan skyline.
Coming from the architects: “We envision Harbin Opera House as a cultural center of the future – a tremendous performance venue, as well as a dramatic public space in which embodies the integration of human, art as well as the city identity, while synergistically blending with the surrounding nature.”
The Harbin Opera House was designed in response to the force as well as spirit of the northern city’s untamed wilderness as well as frigid climate. Its structure appears as if the idea was sculpted by the wind as well as water while the idea seamlessly blends in with the surrounding nature as well as topography.
The external’s architecture references the sinuous landscape of the surrounding area with its curvilinear facade composed of smooth white aluminum panels which melts into the snowy environment during the winter months. The grand theater is actually clad in rich wood which presents a warm as well as inviting welcome. The wooden walls are sculpted coming from Manchurian Ash which wraps around the main stage as well as theater setting.
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