MAD won the international open competition for Harbin Cultural Island in 2010, with the opera house masterplan as the focal point of the development. The 79,000-square-meter building is embedded within Harbin’s wetlands and meant to blend into the untamed wilderness of the area. The large volume of the building is accessed via a bridge and wraps around a large public plaza.
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“We envision Harbin Opera House as a cultural center of the future – a tremendous performance venue, as well as a dramatic public space that embodies the integration of human, art and the city identity, while synergistically blending with the surrounding nature,” said studio founder Ma Yansong.
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