Opera House . Shenzhen

BIG . BIAD . Opera House . Shenzhen afasia (1)

BIG . renders: © Tegmark . © Bucharest Studio

Selected entry by BIG and Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) for the competition won by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

BIG and BIAD’s second place-winning design in the international competition for Shenzhen’s new opera house, The Rhythm of the Sea, extends the life of the city to the water, creating a park that brings the harbor into the foyers and opera guests out to the bay. The new waterfront destination offers experiences of performance art whether you have a ticket or not.

BIG and BIAD’s design for Shenzhen’s new Opera House on the city’s waterfront, the Rhythm of the Sea, received second prize in the international competition. The Rhythm of the Sea is conceived as a fantasy factory seamlessly integrating production and performance in back-of-house and front-of-house volumes, creating an extraordinary terrain shaped by the diverse spaces of the opera house for audience members and the public to explore. The design embodies Shenzhen’s experimental ethos and uses technology and innovation to set new standards for performance art, and connect opera to new audiences and generations.