Shanghai Opera House, China, artist

Shanghai Opera House

Located in the People’s Square, the historic centre of the city, the Shanghai Opera House has become an emblematic building and a major cultural venue. Completed in 1998, following an international competition won by the agency in 1994, it marks an important milestone in Arte Charpentier's Chinese adventure. With a 1,800-seat auditorium, it is an opera house in the Western sense of the word, capable of hosting a classical repertoire.

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    Shanghai Opera House, China, exterior

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    Type of projectNew construction
    ProgrammeOpera
    Contracting authorityShanghai Municipality
    ArchitectArte Charpentier

    LocationShanghai, China
    Completion date1998
    Surface area55 000m²
    Duration of construction4 years

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    7 000
    tons of steel for the structure, 1 800-seat auditorium, 600-seat theatre, 200-seat auditorium, 10 floors

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    The architecture of the Shanghai Opera House incorporates strong elements of Chinese culture interpreted in a contemporary language.

    Andrew Hobson, associate architect / Arte Charpentier

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    Shanghai Opera House Shanghai, China - 1998

    Concept

    Located on the People’s Square, the historic centre of Shanghai, where it adjoins the town hall and faces the Museum of Fine Arts, the Shanghai Opera House is a strong signal and major cultural venue in the city. With a 1 800-seat auditorium, it is an opera house in the Western sense of the word, capable of hosting a classical repertoire.

    The architecture of the Shanghai Opera House incorporates strong elements of Chinese culture interpreted in a contemporary language. The blueprint is based on the geometry of the square, which represents the earth in Chinese symbolism, whilst the curved roof of the building is an semi-circle depicting the sky.

    The Shanghai Opera House covers an area of 62 000 m² and is spread over 10 floors, including 2 basements and 2 lofts. 4 years in the making, the building is 40m high and houses 3 stages, the main 1 800-seat auditorium for ballets, operas and symphonies, a second 600-seat auditorium designed for orchestras, and a 200-seat auditorium for theatre and parades. At the heart of the opera house is a large 2 000 m² entrance hall, rehearsal rooms, a VIP room, an exhibition room, an art shop, a café-bar, a reception room and other facilities related to the proper functioning of the opera house.

    At the entrance, the volume of the hall extends over the entire height of the building and the room. The glass facade has been suspended by cables to be made transparent, homogeneous and crystalline.

    The scale of the Shanghai Opera House project required a search for innovative solutions and the use of the most sophisticated state-of-the-art techniques, such as the construction of suspended glass facades. The 7,000-ton steel structure, the hull of a boat built by the Shanghai shipyards and assembled on the ground, was hoisted to 40m in height by means of actuators.

    Programme

    Organisés autour d’un espace commun identifié comme une rue intérieure réalisée en double hauteur, les différents espaces de formation pouvant accueillir jusqu’à 300 étudiants sont répartis sur 2 niveaux :
    • 7 salles de cours,
    • 9 laboratoires,
    • une salle d’analyse sensorielle,
    • un knowledge center,
    • un espace de coworking,
    • un back office et des locaux administratifs.
    • Un espace de vente à emporter
    • et 2 restaurants ouverts au public, également en double hauteur, complètent les espaces de formation dédiés aux étudiants.
    Au sous-sol se trouvent des espaces de réception, de réserves, de stockage, de mise en place et un parking de 54 places.

    Equipe

    Contracting authority
    – Contracting authority: Shanghai Municipality

    Project management
    – Architect: Arte Charpentier (Andrew Hobson, Isabelle Scherrer)

    Design office
    – Acoustics: Lamoureux Acoustics
    – Lighting Philippe Almon & Associés
    – Programmer: Marc Aubry, Roberto Almeida

    Specificities

    – Address: People’s Square, Puxi, Shanghai, China
    – Completion date: 1998
    – Surface area: 55 000 m²
    – Photo credits: Didier Boy de la Tour

    Informations

    Type of projectNew construction
    ProgrammeOpera
    Contracting authorityShanghai Municipality
    ArchitectArte Charpentier

    LocationShanghai, China
    Completion date1998
    Surface area55 000m²
    Duration of construction4 years

    Shanghai Opera House

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