Harbin, China – Designed by MAD architects, the opera house is a reminder of Harbin's cultural heritage.
Harbin, China – In the middle of the low lying wetlands in Northern China, there's an opera house that camouflages perfectly with the surrounding nature.
Harbin, China – One of China's second-tier cities, Harbin became an urban area as a Russian railroad destination in 1800s, then transformed into a cultural capital with the establishment here of the first Chinese orchestra.
Harbin, China – Each curve of the building eases into the surrounding landscape.
Harbin, China – "Before we built this building there were a lot of people coming to the site, fishing, cycling in the wild landscape, so I was thinking after we build this building it should still be very welcoming, so the building is not a typical landmark you can only look at it," says Ma Yansong, founder of the MAD Architects.
Harbin, China – "I decide to make the building itself like a landscape. So we designed an amphitheater on the rooftop and connected that level to the ground level through a ramp, stairs, outdoor stairs so people can literally climb the building like they climb a mountain," says Ma Yansong.
Harbin, China – Curvature is a defining feature of the building, which welcomes visitors who aren't necessarily there to see an opera.
Harbin, China – "I want to bring architecture beyond the functional, beyond the shape and the space and the light ... I create an atmosphere in which people can imagine things," says Ma.
Harbin, China – "Our citizens are proud that they possess this kind of world-standard opera house ... They love the city more, and are more confident about art development in the future," says the Mayor of Harbin, Song Xibin.