Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled plans for a new Chinese Opera house in Yuhang. The opera house will be located in the middle of a lake, on display to the entire city. A large recreational park will encircle the lake, providing a waterfront recreational zone and vantage point for taking in views of the opera, and creating an urban experience distinct from the rest of Yuhang—an oasis in the city.
In contrast to the Copenhagen Opera, which originally was designed as one component in a dense new urban area, the Yuhang Opera is situated more freely and has a playful character with its striking geometric façade and sloping roofscape.
To most people, going to the opera is at once a cultural and social experience: one goes to the opera to see a performance, but also to be seen. Thus, the social interaction of attendees before, during and after the show is just as important as the design of the auditorium itself.
Light footbridges and balconies in the grand foyer of the Copenhagen Opera form the architectural answer to this staging of human interaction, providing points from which guests can watch each other and become part of the social event of going to the theatre. This unifying, active foyer space is conceptually repeated in the Yuhang opera, though through a different architectural idiom. Source by Henning Larsen Architects.
Article by Marco Rinaldi