With an innovative design that blends the formality of opera with the informality of island culture, Heatherwick Studio won a competition to design the Hainan Performing Arts Center. Hainan is an island province located in the far south of China and this new landmark is inspired by the surrounding landscape. The colorful canopy in the shape of a volcano accommodates three performance halls that will give life to a new cultural district of the city.
An opera house, a concert hall and a theater are all enveloped in a dynamic canopy that acts as an inclusive space for the public. Heatherwick uses these canopies to allow people to mingle in an outdoor village setting that is indicative of island culture. Whether they have a ticket or not, the public will be invited to socialize. “Many operas are cut off from their surroundings and only come to life when a performance is in progress,” said Heatherwick studio partner and bandleader Eliot Postma. “We wanted to create a space that is an extension of the city and contributes to street life throughout the day.
This ambitious design is the company’s first opera and music venue. Inspired by the costumes, colors and movement of the Hainan Opera House, as well as the surrounding volcanic landscape, the undulating facade is clad in vibrant tiles. When completed, the performing arts center will have a capacity of 3,800.
The center will also incorporate spaces for arts, creative learning, rehearsal and performance. Aiming to attract international productions, the space will stage not only operas, ballets and large-scale musicals, but also avant-garde dramas, fashion and immersive multimedia performances.
To win the competition organized by Haikou Tourism & Culture Investment Holding Group, Heatherwick also paid attention to sustainability. Through testing and data analysis, he resulted in a design that intelligently responds to the local ecology and climate, reducing energy consumption and costs while cooling the environment for visitors and visitors. space users.
With construction scheduled for the end of 2022, the project certainly opens a new creative path for the company.
The Hainan Performing Arts Center in China is Heatherwick Studio’s premier opera and music venue.
The facade is inspired by the volcanic landscape and colors of the Hainan Opera House.
The large skylights create an open-air village that will allow the public to mingle, whether they have a ticket or not.