Wrap Your Mind Around the New Harbin Opera House

foto: Adam Mørk

Resting on Harbin Cultural Island is a massive, curved, metallic structure that seems to resemble a space craft straight out of a science-fiction blockbuster.

It’s actually the recently-completed Harbin Opera House devised by the geniuses at MAD Architects.

The designers sought to pay tribute to the dramatic climate in the northern Chinese city by erecting something that represents natural landscapes hit by strong winter winds.

What they got is definitely a hit.

The venue houses a theater capable of captivating 1,600 people for a night of entertainment, as well as a cozier 400-person auditorium. The rooftop terrace offers a view of the Harbin metro skyline.

“We envisioned Harbin Opera House as a cultural centre of the future, a dramatic public space that embodies the integration of human, art and the city identity, while synergistically blending with the surrounding nature,” said MAD’s founding principal Ma Yanson..

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