The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects Top photograph is by Christian Richters Shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River, the building houses a 1,800-seat theatre plus 400-seat multifunctional hall, rehearsal rooms and entrance hall. The main auditorium is lined with moulded panels made from glass-fibre reinforced gypsum to create a folded, flowing surface. The inaugural performance takes place today. More about Zaha Hadid on Dezeen » Photographs are by Iwan Baan unless stated otherwise. Above photograph is by Christian Richters The information below is from Zaha Hadid Architects: Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion, the Guangzhou Opera House sits in perfect harmony with its riverside location. Above photograph is by Christian Richters The Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou’s cultural development. Its unique twin-boulder design enhances the city by opening it to the Pearl River, unifying the adjacent cultural buildings with the towers of international finance in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang new town. The 1,800-seat auditorium of the Opera House houses the very latest acoustic technology, and the smaller 400-seat multifunction hall is designed for performance art, opera and concerts in the round. The design evolved from the concepts of a natural landscape and the fascinating interplay between architecture and nature; engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography. The Guangzhou Opera House design has been particularly influenced by river valleys – and the way in which they are transformed by erosion. The Guangzhou Opera House Client: Guangzhou Municipal Government Architect: Zaha Hadid ArchitectsDesign: Zaha Hadid Project director: Woody K.T. Yao, Patrik SchumacherProject leader: Simon Yu Project team: Jason Guo, Yang Jingwen, Long Jiang, Ta-Kang Hsu, Yi- Ching Liu, Zhi Wang, Christine Chow, Cyril Shing, Filippo Innocenti, Lourdes Sanchez, Hinki Kwong, Junkai Jiang Local design institute: Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute (Guangzhou, China)Structural engineers: SHTK (Shanghai, China); Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing InstituteFacade engineering: KGE Engineering (Zhuhai, China) Building services: Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute (Guangzhou, China)Acoustic consultants: Marshall Day Acoustics (Melbourne, Australia)Theatre consultant: ENFI (Beijing, China) Lighting design consultant: Beijing Light & View (Beijing, China)Project management: Guangzhou Municipal Construction Group Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)Construction management: Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China) Cost consultant: Guangzhou Jiancheng Engineering Costing Consultant Office Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)Principal contractor: China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co. Ltd. (Guangdong, China) Project: 70,000 m2Site: 42,393m2 Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Click above for larger image Concept villas for golf and spa resort, Dubrovnik,by Zaha Hadid Architects Rabat Grand Theatre by Zaha Hadid Architects Roca London Gallery - Zaha Hadid Architects PROJECT ARCHITECT: Paolo MatteuzziDESIGN TEAM: Marco Amoroso, David Campos, Ayat Fadaifard, Massimiliano Piccinini, Ivan Valdez, Francesca VenturoniSTRUCTURES: Favero & Milan IngegneriaM&E: Manens IntertecnicaCOST: Building ConsultingCITY PLAN CONGRUITY: Proteco Zaha Hadid Architects have designed a retail and business centre for the resort of Jesolo near Venice in Italy. Called Jesolo Magica, the project will include shops, bars, restaurants, offices, a hotel, a congress centre and health centre. The building is due for completion in 2014. See all our stories about Zaha Hadid in our special category. JESOLO MAGICA – RETAIL & BUSINESS CENTRE2010 – 2014PROGRAM: Retail, Bar, Gymnasium, Hotel, Restaurant, Offices, Congress and Wellness centreCLIENT: HomeGroupARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid ArchitectsDESIGN: Zaha Hadid with Patrik SchumacherPROJECT DIRECTOR: Gianluca Racana London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects London firm Hopkins Architects have completed the Velodrome, the first of the five permanent venues on the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum designed by Zaha Hadid for Michigan State University ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architectswins RIBA Stirling Prize The prize was awarded at a ceremony held this evening at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.