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Guangzhou Opera House

Project Type

Cultural building


Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe, Guangzhou, China


Site area: 42,000m²; Floor area: 73,019m² (40,558m² above ground and 32,461m² underground)

Building Dimensions

Opera Theatre: 127m (W) x 125m (L) x 43m (H); Multipurpose theatre: 87.6m (W) x 86.7m (L) x 25m (H)

Number of Floors

Seven levels above ground and four levels underground

Estimated Cost

RMB1.38bn ($202m)


Guangzhou Municipal Government

Venue Operations & Management

The Guangzhou Opera House Management


Zaha Hadid Architects

Local Architects

Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute

Structural Engineer

SHTK (Shanghai, China)

Principal Contractor

China Construction Third Engineering Bureau

Façade Consultant

KGE Engineering

Building Services Contractor

Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute

M&E Engineer

Max Fordham and Partners, OK Design Group

Theatre Consultant

ENFI Engineering Corporation

Project Management

Guangzhou Municipal Construction Group

Lighting Designer

Beijing Light & View

Acoustic Consultant

Marshall Day Acoustics

Cost Consultant

Guangzhou Jiancheng Engineering Costing Consultant Office

Competition Won

November 2002

Construction Started

January 2005



Official Opening

February 2011


RIBA International Award (May 2011)

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