Shunde Grand Opera House

Project information

Project details

  1. Year2021
  2. StatusDelivered
  3. Partners Guangdong Provincial Architectural Design
    Theatre Projects
    Abstract Drawing Center
  4. Enquiries Thomas Lindgård Fagernes

Past, present and future

Our vision for The Shunde Grand Opera House is a cultural hub that is rooted in the history of Shunde, with an active arena that looks towards the future. On the ground floor is a museum focusing on the past, while the next level contains spaces for contemporary performances. The academy on top will educate, inspire and foster future talent.

Beyond the brief

In our proposal we provide a range of opportunities from the grand public performance space in the main plaza, to more intimate outdoor performances on the roof and in the lobby, in addition to the three large stages outlined in the client’s program.

For the cultural centre the team created spaces and stages for a wide variety of encounters and interactions, utilising the exterior of the building and surrounding landscape for exploration and events.

Shaped by water

Water symbolises life in Chinese culture and represents infinite possibilities. Rooted in the rich local culture of water, we have looked at the way the rivers have created the landscape of the site. Our conceptual approach was to shape the buildings as the river would have shaped it, creating soft flowing lines throughout. The result gives us two large public arenas, one connected to the ground, and one connected to the sky.

The west building is The Shunde Grand Opera House, extrovert and facing the scenery with a large entrance plaza arena. The Creative Valley sits in the east building, centred around a green plaza where people meet and synergies between different creative professions can emerge.

A magical setting

The exterior landscapes of The Shunde Grand Opera House will provide varied backdrops and atmospheres to the performances it will be housing. A water feature consisting of a thin film of water in combination with mist nozzles and playful fountains will create a magical setting both for big happenings and quiet, introspective moments.

The rooftop becomes a more intimate outdoor stage. This is accessed from one of the two rooftop restaurants and offers the possibility of ticketed events as concerts or cinema projected on to the stage tower.

Golden concert hall

The design of the grand concert hall draws inspiration from rice terraces, giving soft fluid lines with good sightlines towards the stage. We have envisioned a golden atmosphere with walls clad to create a silky sheen, dark timber floors, and cushions dressed in a dark Jade green fabric, inspired by the lush surrounding landscape of Shunde.

An intimate meeting place

As an intimate meeting place between the performer and the audience, the Opera stage features a rich and luxurious interior with deep red seats sat against dark timber surfaces and patterned silk fabrics from the region, creating a warm atmosphere with local context. Each of the venues have dedicated elevated areas within the lobby, with capacity for all to operate simultaneously.

Connected by a silky ribbon

The design of this central element is inspired by the appearance of silk, a material with a long history in this area of Guangdong. The lobby balconies wrap around the concert halls like soft and airy silk ribbons, creating a fluid horisontal connection between the three performance spaces and the various balcony levels, complementing the organic design with a very elegant feel.

Go with the flow

The flowing movement of the water that has shaped the landscape and culture of Shunde has inspired a graphical profile that will contribute to establish a clear identity for the institution of the Shunde Grand Opera House.

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