The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid architects is a 70 000m2 complex which rests at the heart of the Guangzhou`s cultural sites development in China. It has a close relationship with the pearl river to the south. It features two volumes wrapped in a triangulated skin of concrete, glass, and steel. The project aims to enhance urban functions by opening access to the riverside and dock. The resulting design serves as an urban and iconic gateway while establishing Guangzhou as one of Asia’s cultural epicenters. The spine and structural frame of the faceted skin is a dominant element in the interior space. The lobby and other public spaces interact with the dynamic treatment and guide the visitors throughout the volume. The many levels provide views of the main atrium space. The building offers a theatre seating 1 800 people, a multifunction hall and a number of other facilities.