GRAND THEATRE OPERA HOUSE
This stunning opera house building in Harbin, People’s Republic of China, was designed by MAD architects. Situated on Harbin’s Cultural Island, an arts hub on the Songhua River’s north bank, the building seamlessly blends in with nature and the topography of the surrounding wetlands, appearing as if sculpted by wind and water.
It is composed of a 1,600-seat grand theater and a 400-seat small hall, with a ground floor area of about 80,000 sqm.
The active skin of the building comprises 4 dancing ribbons and free-form curved skylights. The dancing ribbons are clad with a double curved 5mm thick aluminium panel fixed to a Kalzip standing seam underlay.
On this project Inhabit’s role was to assist MAD to rationalise the 3D models and develop cladding systems with flexible fixing of 3-way adjustment, continuous thermal insulation and weatherproofing layers. Inhabit was also responsible for the review and inspection of construction design and installation.