Grand Opera by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid is a woman architect awarded by Pirtzker award. She signed a contract to design the Grand Opera in Morocco in the city of Rabat. The building should become an important monument not only of the city but of the entire country. It should be unique for its original, dynamic and innovative design and near-by infrastructure. Zaha Hadid is collaboration with Lemghari Essakl from a development agency MD Bougreg. They signed the cooperation on the 5Th of November 2010.

With a surface of 27000 square meters, the Rabat`s Grand Theatre is designed to become a luxurious cultural crossroad. It could host 2050 visitors in the big hall and 520 in the small hall. The outside amphitheatre has a capacity of 7000 people. Planned expenses on this project are quite big, estimated 100 million pounds or 160 million euro. The big theater will be situated in a valley called Bouregreg. This area will be urbanized till 2014, new housings, store and restaurant buildings will be constructed. The location should become one of the most attractive ones in Morocco.

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Opera House Guangzhou, Zaha Hadid architects








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.

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