Jean Nouvel to create Shenzhen’s Opera House

Ateliers Jean Nouvel has recently won the International Architectural Design Competition for Shenzhen Opera House. His proposal called “Light of the Sea” is a “masterpiece where music meets the sea”.  Located in the Dongjiaotou Area in Shenzhen Bay Coastal Leisure Belt, the building has a gross floor area of 222 000 sqm. Integrated into the coastline, showcasing a visionary public cultural landmark, the project aims to become top-ranking cultural facilities of this new era. Envisioned as a “new platform for international cultural exchange […] a new landmark of art and culture in Shenzhen, and an art parlor for Shenzhen citizens”, the project was chosen over 100 registered applicants.

The design of the Shenzhen’s Opera House takes on unconventional forms, opening up the space and integrating the opera house into the Greater Bay Area. Named “Light of the Sea”, the proposal puts in place a curved, light, transparent, and floating roof, under which performance spaces such as opera hall and concert hall are placed. Close to the sea, these functions extend towards the coast and are connected by a public path and visual corridor.

The project takes a complete and unique perspective to shape an oriental scenario. It gives shape to a roof that echoes with the mountain and the sea, highlighting the unique advantage of the site and creating a sense of publicity and place for the gray space under the roof., said Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Echoing the exterior ,  the interior of the performance hall adopts irregular, rhythmic lines, highlighting curved balconies and acoustic geometries of the walls. Inspired by the concept of “DreamWorks” combining culture and technology, the roof resembles “dancing ribbons […] rational in functionality and romantic in form”.