Shenzhen Opera House
Jean Nouvel 

Shenzhen Opera House

Jean Nouvel 


The practice of the French architect Jean Nouvel has with its ‘Light of the Sea’ scheme won the invitational competition to build the new opera house of the Chinese city of Shenzhen, carrying the day over firms like BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, Kengo Kuma & Associates, MVRDV, and Snøhetta.

The curvilinear composition extends along the waterfront with four auditoriums: a main one for an audience of 2,300 and the rest seating 1,800, 800, and 400. Sinuous forms envelop the building to establish a connection with the sea, exalting the history of a city that grew out of a fishing village. Inside, a pearlescent material will produce reflections conceived as a symbolic rendezvous of sea, music, and light.

Images: Ateliers Jean Nouvel