HARBIN OPERA HOUSE - Harbin province
From afar, the stark white 79,000-squaremetre Harbin Opera House can easily be mistaken for an extension of the surrounding wetlands, waterways, and snowy terrain. Contemporary in its design, the venue exudes a zen aesthetic with sleek white walls, atmospheric skylights and natural timbers laying the foundations for award-winning interiors. A stairwell spiralling around the exterior leads up to a viewing platform, enabling visitors to explore every inch of the opera house and indoor gardens.
Situated on Harbin’s Cultural Island surrounding the city’s Songhua River, the sinuous opera house is the focal point of the precinct. Ma Yansong, founding principal of the Beijing-based MAD architectural firm, is responsible for designing the structure, with the hope the venue will inspire a more natural approach to architecture in densely populated cities like Harbin, which is home to 3.4 million people.
Harbin Opera House offers entry to patrons attending a performance, and ticket prices start from AUD $30 (approx.). It is open to visitors who are attending a show and curious to see the architectural beauty of the venue. Harbin Opera House is best admired in the summer months, as snow blankets the structure over winter.
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ARK OF LIGHT CITY EXHIBITION HALL - Chongqing province
Ark of Light is currently used as the sales centre of LongFor Waterfront City. Later, it will become a city hall that is open to the public, and in which commercial practice and art exhibitions will be carried out aiming to represent the future fast-paced city life in Chongqing.
Taking the inspiration of “Ark of Light, Stone of Memory,” the architects have converted natural and cultural features of the city and combined them with contemporary architectural methods to deliver a new image of Chongqing. The futuristic, avant-garde form uses aluminium, stainless steel, and mirrors.
The structure can be found at the commercial core of Lijia new area, on the riverbank of Jialing River and the new centre of Chongqing. The 2017 project has been led by experienced architectural firm Shanghai Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering, which was also responsible for the breathtaking Nanchang Sinic Center.
Members of the public will be welcome to explore and use the city hall’s communal facilities at no charge. Once transformed into a city hall, Ark of Light will be the ultimate arts and cultural scene, breathing life into the business district of Chongqing.