Shenzhen Opera House

Design Achievement – Emerging from Shenzhen’s mission to construct 10 major new cultural facilities during the next five years, DLR Group’s concept design and master plan for the Shenzhen Opera House envisions a world-class performance complex as a cultural gateway to the city. The organic forms of the complex embrace the natural beauty of Shenzhen. This design encourages the visitor to move through and around the site, experiencing the drama of the landscape as a spectator to art and culture before ever seeing a performance. The performance halls emerge from the landscape as sculptural forms reminiscent of bougainvillea petals, which is the flower of Shenzhen. The large opera house stands tall as a beacon from the Shekou Mountains and the Shenzhen Bay – an iconic statement. Negotiating relationships between the mountains and the sea, shared outdoor space acts as an extension of the opera, not only for people to gather, perform, and observe one another, but also to engage with the performance of nature itself, the movement of water, the phenomena of atmosphere, and the ephemeral qualities of light.

Scope Summary – The design of this of 223,000-SM arts complex is situated on two plots encompassing 17.5 hectares separated by a major roadway. The North plot will house apartments and offices. The South plot, prominently situated on the Shenzhen Bay and surrounded by water on three sides, accommodates the performance spaces, which include a 2,300-seat opera hall, an 1,800-seat concert hall, an 800-seat operetta hall, and a 600-seat multi-functional theater. Each hall consists of an auditorium, stage, public space, and backstage. Also planned for the south zone is a large public hall; a stage art museum; an opera, dance, drama, and literature space; and an urban art parlor, all of which will be separate but linked underground to the performance spaces. Parking will be provided underground for both zones. Complementing its natural surroundings, the complex will feature green infrastructure such as bioswales and detention basins to provide adequate water throughout the year for landscape while also managing stormwater. DLR Group provided architecture, MEP and structural engineering, sustainability, and theater design services, and was supported by Lowder and Murata (landscape architect) and Theater Project Consultants (theater and acoustics).