A competition design by Dublin-based architects O’Donnell + Tuomey for the Shanghai Grand Opera House was recently selected for exhibition in the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS) 2017. The results of the competition have yet to be announced by the client.
O’Donnell + Tuomey’s concept is for a City of Opera, a coherent cluster of cultural activity on the riverside in Shanghai. Each performance space is given individual expression, each with its own roof shape. A river-viewing tower is pivotally positioned. Rehearsal spaces are housed in glazed lantern-towers at the street corners. This is a sculptural /architectural concept, an urban composition held in a carefully balanced visual equilibrium.
The City of Opera is designed to be seen from close up and in long view, from within the park, from along the bend in the river and from viewpoints across the river.
View John Tuomey talking about the project: