The Hangzhou East Lake Opera is part of a 133,000 m2 cultural center consisting of an opera, a small Theater, an art museum, a city planning museum, an exhibition center and an art school.
The complex’s overall design focuses on bringing the citizens of Hangzhou a diverse and lively neighborhood that includes a wide range of architectural experiences and public spaces. Some grand and iconic, some human scaled. In a symbolically significant gesture, the roof of the opera offers the citizens and visitors of Hangzhou a public destination in regional scale.
The design for the main interior spaces is meant to reflect and extend the intentions of the design of the exterior spaces: The foyer creates a rich experience to people visiting the building. The different building entrances are connected in a unique promenade around the fly tower that offers interesting perspectives to the East Lake and to other levels of the foyer. The different balconies and stairs of the foyer are designed to maximize exposure of people to one another.
While the opera itself acts as an icon to the whole city, the rest of the complex is broken up in smaller buildings and areas such as parks and promenades. They compose a human scale city center filled with water, intimate public spaces and covered galleries.