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“From the perspective of lighting, the architectural complexity of Guangzhou Opera House does not lie in its structure, but in its space form and architectural shape which is different to our familiar conventional style,” -Rongxing Yan, Beijing Light & View’s Chief Engineer

From clockwise direction (above to right): Sweeping staircase in the main volume, view of the column free foyer, Structural Source: system view of the interior

data will be translated and milled into molds. The use of materials such as glass fiber- reinforced gypsum could be cast. Thus the buildings were not conceived planimetrically but rather were modeled dynamically in 3D. The lobbies of the opera house are voluminous and column free and the cantilevered staircases and terraces cantilever from the threater volumn provide a grand architectural promenade which guides visitors throughout the voloume. In the grand entrance hall, the windows are composed of many triangular pieces of glass which allows sunlight in by day and the neighbourhood’s neon-lit skyscapers and towers by night. Reference: Michael Ting, Alexander Price, Michael Smith, Erica Henrysson, 2011, Designing with Grasshopper, MtJoseph Giovannini 2011, Guangzhou Opera House, ARCHITECT The Magazine of the American Institure of Architects, Washington, viewed 15 August 2012, <http://www.architectmagazine. com/cultural-projects/guangzhou-opera-house.aspx>


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