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Dubai Opera House by Zaha Hadid



Zaha Hadid Architects have developed designs for a new opera house and cultural centre for Dubai.



The dune-shaped building is proposed for an island off Dubai Creek.



More info from Zaha Hadid Architects follows:

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DUBAI OPERA HOUSE AND CULTURAL CENTRE [DUBAI, UAE]

2006-TBC





Introduction

The design calls for an exciting new cultural centre in the new Seven Pearls district of Dubai. This landmark development will accommodate an opera house, playhouse, arts gallery, performing arts school and themed hotel on an island in Dubai Creek just off the mainland part of the district. All of these facilities will be state of the art to host world class performances and exhibitions. The opera house will have a seating capacity of 2,500 while the playhouse will have a seating capacity of 800.



The arts gallery with 5000m2 of exhibition space is indeed a full size exhibition facility comparable to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The hotel will accommodate guests in a 6 star setting. Sited on an island in Dubai Creek, the development will be connected to Greater Dubai by a road connection to the mainland.



Design Concept and Programme Organisation

The proposal houses all of the facilities within a single striking structure. The gentle winding form evokes images of mountains or sand dunes. Rising out of the ground, this form is both a part of the landscape yet very much a distinct element in the skyline. The surrounding landscape forms build up to the main building. These constitute open park spaces as well as ancillary functions such as the parking facilities and the monorail station, which are either tucked under or integrated into the andscape forms.



The two peaks correspond to the opera house and the playhouse. The tall requirements of the fly towers are nested under these peaks. From these peaks, the form gradually swoops down to touch the earth. The form is scalloped away where the three major entrances are to be found. The main entrances for audiences visiting either of the two performing arts auditoria are on the north side of the building. At the ground level will be the VIP entrance with car drop off right at the entrance and a separate foyer from the main foyer. This foyer serves both the opera house and the playhouse. The main foyer is a gentle multi-tiered landscape at one floor above the ground floor. It also serves the opera house and the playhouse as well as having an interior connection to the arts gallery.

Floating above this foyer are further foyer spaces serving the balcony levels. The foyer levels from the main foyer level up are visually connected to each other through a series of voids. This allows for direct views between the main foyer at the first floor all the way up to the highest balcony foyer. Surprising views are abundant in this space.

The auditoria are contained in flowing shapes that seem to emerge from the underside of the main shell. This inner shell however, does not quite touch the main shell. Instead, the two surfaces disappear into a light gap between them. Supporting functions found off the foyer are defined by walls that merge into the underside of the main shell.

Source from Marcus Fairs
 

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:hm: Dubai opera house. :lol:

Another box on Dubai's list is ticked.
-Tall buildings
-Waterfront
-Port
-International Airport
-A few multinationals
-Instant 'culture'; Art gallery, opera house.

:eek:hno:
Dubai really is less than the sum of its parts.
 

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:hm: Dubai opera house. :lol:

Another box on Dubai's list is ticked.
-Tall buildings
-Waterfront
-Port
-International Airport
-A few multinationals
-Instant 'culture'; Art gallery, opera house.

:eek:hno:
Dubai really is less than the sum of its parts.
i really don't know what's so bad with having all that in Dubai :eek:hno:
 

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There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just all too easy I think. On the surface all this looks great but in reality it is all very superficial.

It’s not as if there are numerous operatic societies in Dubai clamouring for an opera house of this size in which to perform. The fact is there are no amateur organisations to support the operation of such a facility and there are not going to be anytime soon. The attitude is that they can just buy it in with their vast fortunes but to me that’s not cricket.

Anyway there are plenty of other cities that have less than this but are still better places to live and work. There are plenty of other things Dubai could be spending such vast amounts on which would improve the lives of its citizens far more than an opera house.
 

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There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just all too easy I think. On the surface all this looks great but in reality it is all very superficial.

It’s not as if there are numerous operatic societies in Dubai clamouring for an opera house of this size in which to perform. The fact is there are no amateur organisations to support the operation of such a facility and there are not going to be anytime soon. The attitude is that they can just buy it in with their vast fortunes but to me that’s not cricket.

Anyway there are plenty of other cities that have less than this but are still better places to live and work. There are plenty of other things Dubai could be spending such vast amounts on which would improve the lives of its citizens far more than an opera house.
According to this forum: Dubai is crap because doiesn't have art and cultural events, but when Dubai try to establish souch venues then they are deamed useless waste of money and just are trying to buy it (art) with their vast fortune.

Why don't you made up your mind once for all.
 

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According to this forum: Dubai is crap because doiesn't have art and cultural events, but when Dubai try to establish souch venues then they are deamed useless waste of money and just are trying to buy it (art) with their vast fortune.

Why don't you made up your mind once for all.

well times are changing, and nowadays every large city promotes itself as a cultural and arts hub of the world. Cities vying for this distingish honor, are competing with older more diversed cities(culture, arts, lifestyle)such as London (and many European cities) NYC, and Tokyo, so its kinda hard becoming a sole arts and cultural capital of the world. every city has its centerpiece for the world. By Dubai building this, it will attract exquisite arts and cultural events, but also cultural cities have thier historic districts, which Dubai doesnt have. but Good Luck Dubai....:) Nice Design!
 

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Pic above is from SSC Continental Dubai Forum:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=299496

It looks from sky like a flamingo or a bit like a eagle! And from buttom like dunes! What a stunning design! I hope the realize this project very fast in this way!
 
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