Shangyin OperaHouse by Christian de Portzamparc

An opera house is a musical instrument

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This new opera is located on Fenyang and Huaihai Road. The building opens with a large public entrance at the corner of these two important streets of the historic French Quarter. Rather than massive one-room construction, the opera is conceived as a series of pavilions, harmonizing with the pace and height of the surrounding buildings, including the recent conservatory on Fenyang Street. The color and texture of the pavilions are inspired by the brick patterns.

▼鸟瞰图,aerial view


The opera belongs to the entire Shanghai Conservatory. It will allow students and teachers to practice in real life. The building is also a state-of-the-art public music hall, with acoustics of the highest standards and scenographic equipment of international standard.

▼城市肌理,urban context

▼歌剧院由一系列场馆组成,the opera is conceived as a series of pavilions

▼主入口立面,main entrance facade

▼夜间视角,night view

▼演员入口,artist entrance

▼建筑立面材料为UHPC外墙挂板和GRC挂板,the facade is made of UHPC and GRC hanging board


An opera house is a musical instrument. It is designed as a classical room, respecting the acoustic requirements thanks to its traditional U-shaped plan. However, it is designed in a new way to provide the best visibility on all sides and good acoustics for the repertoire. classic as romantic, thanks to the variety of reverb speeds. The dimensions of the U-shaped plan create a relationship of intimacy between the artists, the orchestra and the audience. This main hall contains 1,200 seats.

▼主观众厅的设计借鉴了古典歌剧院的马蹄形空间,the auditorium uses a traditional U-shaped plan


▼观众席,seating area

▼座位细部,detailed view


The building contains all the equipment needed for rehearsals and artists’ lodges: four rehearsal rooms for the orchestra, traditional Chinese music, ballet and choirs. The lobby is designed as a buffer between the outside and the inside, a conditioning passage for listening to music. It is surmounted by two superimposed galleries giving access to the balconies of the auditorium, each of 250 places. In the volume of this foyer, painted forms create a rhythm in the space, preparing the rhythm of the music in the room.


▼顶部的彩色体块为空间赋予了独特的韵律,the painted forms create a rhythm in the space

▼表演厅,performance hall


▼天花板细部,ceiling detailed view


▼垂直交通空间,vertical circulation

▼大厅楼梯,lobby stair

▼休息区,lounge area

▼交流报告厅,report hall

▼墙面细部,wall detail


▼屋顶花园,roof garden

Equally important as a pedagogical equipment and a performing public music hall, the opera, inserted in the urban block formed by the other buildings of the conservatory, has a flexible functionality. It is connected to all other educational equipment. When there is no representation, students can have direct access to the main home and rehearsal rooms; when a big concert takes place, the whole building is reserved for them and an access linking the lodges to the existing building increases the capacity of the artists.

▼临街立面,street view

▼立面色彩和肌理均受到了砌砖图案的启发,the color and texture of the pavilions are inspired by the brick patterns

▼夜间的街道,street view by night

▼嵌入城市体块,embedded in the urban block





PROGRAM : Opera with 1,200 seats, 10 rehearsal rooms, congress hall, documentation center, music conservatory, administration center, rehearsal rooms, archives room, shops.
LOCAL ARCHITECT : Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co, Ltd.
CLIENT : Shanghai Conservatory of Music
ACOUSTIC : Xu Acoustics
SCENOGRAPHY : Theater Projects Consultants
SURFACE : approximately 30,000 m2
Photographer:  Shao Feng

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