For those unaware, Jean Nouvel is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect who owns a firm titled ‘Ateliers Jean Nouvel.’ The designer has recently won an invited international architecture competition to design the new and much-touted Shenzhen Opera House in China.
Spanning across an area of 220,000-square-metre area, the project will comprise a 2,300-seat opera hall, 1,800-seat concert hall, 800-seat operetta hall, 400-seat multi-functional theater, performance supporting room, public service and cultural and creativity area, stage design and production center, performer apartments, and offices.
Nouvel’s “The Light of The Sea” aesthetic will add a group of undulating roofs and a special façade system to the overall project. It will also feature seaside terraces, “mother-of-pearl” elements, and a fluid design to complement the water on three sides of the building.
Commenting on it, he said, “This almost square-shaped precinct, the Opera House neighborhood, will be part and parcel of the music and the sea on three of its sides. A huge glass hall will protect it from substantiating the fact that the Opera House itself and its auditorium belong to the China Sea.”
The designer further added, “Shenzhen Opera House is a sacred place for the human expression of artistic emotion…The construction of a major Opera House means inventing a space for emotion.” Touted to be “A masterpiece where music meets the sea,” construction on the Shenzhen Opera House in China is expected to commence soon.