MAD Architects create musical venue sculpted by wind and water

A crystalline glass curtain wall soars over the grand lobby space with the support of a lightweight diagrid structure. Comprised of glass pyramids, the surface alternates between smooth and faceted, referencing the billowing snow and ice of the often frozen landscape.

The architect said: “Presenting a warm and inviting element, the grand theatre is clad in rich wood, emulating a wooden block that has been gently eroded away. Sculpted from Manchurian Ash, the wooden walls wrap around the main stage and theatre seating.”

Within a smaller theatre, the interior is connected seamlessly to the exterior by a large, panoramic window behind the performance stage.

Sightlines are not blocked.

Sightlines are not blocked.

This wall of sound-proof glass provides a naturally scenic backdrop for performances and activates the stage as an extension of the outdoor environment, inspiring production opportunities.

“Harbin Opera House emphasises public interaction and participation with the building. Both ticket holders and the general public alike can explore the façade’s carved paths and ascend the building as if traversing local topography<” said the architect.

Stairways all form part of the ultra-fluid design by MAD.

Stairways all form part of the ultra-fluid design by MAD.

“At the apex, visitors discover an open, exterior performance space that serves as an observation platform for visitors to survey the panoramic views.” These are another way that the building connects to its environment as they allow visitors to look out over to the wild landscape beyond.

CITY FOR WORLD EVENTS

One of the most imressive winter festivals in the world the Harbin International Ice Snow Sculpture Festival 2016, started in Dcvember last yearand runs until Feb.28, 2016 is features fireworks, ice latern castles, snow sculpture expo and competitions, skiing, sledding, wedding, winter swimming, fishing and more carnival activities for Christmas, New Year and the Chinese Spring Festival holiday. It attracts visitors from across the world.

Large open spaces are also a feature.

Large open spaces are also a feature.

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