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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

MAD finishes opera house in Harbin (China)

The Beijing firm MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has finished the opera house of the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, which presents a sinuous roof with a skin made of aluminum panels and glazed surfaces. This is the first completed building on Harbin Cultural Island, the masterplan of which was drawn up by MAD, winner of the 2010 competition called for the purpose, and also includes a cultural center and the landscaping of the immediate surroundings. The undulating floor plan follows the contour of three petals. These independently embrace two concert halls and a large public square. The 79,000-square-meter opera house contains an auditorium seating 1,600 and a smaller one for 400. The first hall shows eroded forms carved in ash wood, and the second one visually connects with the exterior through a panoramic window set behind the stage. The curvilinear topography opens on to views of the wetlands around, through a terrace over the main foyer that serves as an observation deck.
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