Located on the Southern edge of Guangzhou‘s Central Business District, the Opera House is currently close to being fully cladded. Although construction was halted last May, due to a fire incident [coverage here & here], it seems that it caused no permanent or visible damage to the 70,000 square-meter building. A couple of close-ups.
Guangzhou | Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects
The metaphor legitimazing the shape of Zaha Hadid‘s Opera House is one of double pebbles design, making the building to be one the most complicated structures of any building in the world. The Zaha Hadid Blog featured in 2007 an insightful series of construction images. An excellent piece called “Crazy angles, soaring steel: Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou opera house” [Building – Jul09], explains how the building is, from the structural steel point of view, worse than the trouser leg project aka Rem Koolhaas/OMA CCTV-project. Another article states “it’s even more complicated than the Bird’s Nest in Beijing“. Anyway. The article in Building gives the opinion of Huang Tai Yun, the engineer responsible for the structural design:
“It’s a nightmare for a structural engineer,” he says quietly. “The biggest challenge was the organic form of the building exterior. The design is anti-structure, as everything is leaning outwards or is cantilevered. The style overrides the basic principles of structural design, which is to keep things straight and regular.”
It is busy China-times for Zaha Hadid Architects, as they recently got commissioned to work on the Chaoyangmen SOHO-project, thereby bringing “the future of design” [google-translate version] to Beijing. In October 2009, Patrick Schumacher took part in a discussion on the Beijing-project. Also Chinese architect Wang Hui [Limited Design] was present. We wrote about him in the past, thereby highlighting his thoughts on “The Importance of Slowness“.
MovingCities strolled around the construction site, peeped over fences, saw construction workers labouring and gazed from rooftops.
Pictures by movingcities.org