Zaha’s aria


Just few days ago I have posted a very cool TED session about architecture coming from the legendary musician, a frontman of “Talking Heads” David Byrne. And today “accidentally” another great piece has been presented to the world. Paradoxically, this time it’s a music coming from the legendary architect…

Of course you know that famous line from Goethe: “I call architecture frozen music.” Well… I think, the German genius would rephrase his line after seeing this project. This is not frozen, ladies & gentlemen. This is a fantastic aria of architectural diva. So enjoy listening.

New Guangzhou Opera from Zaha.

…and for some reason I have no doubt that David Byrne would be happy to perform here.

Bravo, Zaha!


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P.S. Here’s some additional project info, I didn’t have at the time of the initial publication.


Project area: 70 000 square meters

Client: Guangzhou Municipal Government

Architect: Zaha Hadid , Zaha Hadid Architects

Project director: Woody K.T. Yao, Patrik Schumacher

Project leader: Simon Yu

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 Institute

Facade engineering: KGE Engineering (Zhuhai, 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)

Principal contractor: China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co. Ltd. (Guangdong, China)


In fact, this unique project of the highest complexity has been entirely developed and built by the Chinese teams.

Given the level of the structural engineering, façade detailing and interior finishes quality (based on the photos of course) my BRAVO exclamation should be first of all addressed to the Chinese specialists.

5 Responses to “Zaha’s aria”
  1. Vladimir Dyanov says:

    This project is amazing. My big congrats to the famous Diva,her team and for the construction team!
    When i was in Rome few months ago, i saw MAXXI – the building is spectacular!!! But this project is even 10 times bigger ang complex!

    • Albert says:

      Absolutely agree with you. MAXXI is a great project (I actually wrote about it in my essay “Zaha”), but this one is something unbelievable – both in terms of the scale and complexity. She nailed it this time.

  2. Aidar says:

    Quite fantastic. No comment.

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