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Major new opera house in Shanghai

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  • © MIR and Snøhetta
  • © MIR and Snøhetta
  • © MIR and Snøhetta
Major new opera house in Shanghai
sbp 12.04.2019

The Norwegian architecture practice Snøhetta has won the international competition to design the Shanghai Grand Opera House in Shanghai, China. We are delighted that schlaich bergermann partner will join Snøhetta and Shanghai-based architects ECADI to be part of the planning team.


The design of the new opera house resembles the shape of an unfolding traditional Chinese fan. An important design aspect is the connection between the building and the surrounding park, which was created for the Shanghai Expo 2010. Connecting roof and ground, a sweeping spiral staircase will enable visitors to access the roof and use it as a public meeting place at all times. The idea of the publicly accessible walk-in roof is reminiscent of the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo that was completed in 2008 and designed as well by Snøhetta.


Inside the Shanghai Grand Opera House, which aims to appeal to a broad audience by offering a wide range of performances, the design envisages three halls – the largest of them being the 2,000-seat auditorium. Shining through the expansive glass panes, the red tones of the interior provide contrast to the bright facade.


We are proud to partner on this extraordinary project and to support the architects with our expertise. In addition to the Pudong Stadium and the Pudong Library, the Shanghai Grand Opera House is schlaich bergermann partner’s third major project in Shanghai.

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