Paris-based architectural practice Ateliers Jean Nouvel, founded by Jean Nouvel, has been announced as the winner of an international architectural design competition to build a new opera house in Shenzhen, China.
Jointly organised by the Planning and Natural Resources Bureau, Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV, Tourism and Sports, and Bureau of Public Works of Shenzhen Municipality, the competition attracted over 100 applicants from 14 countries around the globe, with Jean Nouvel’s firm selected as the first-prize winner. The contest has also drawn interest from some of the world's most established architectural firms, including Bjarke Ingels Group and Kengo Kuma & Associates.
Nouvel’s winning proposal, titled “The Light Of The Sea”, will feature a striking design that deviates from the usual enclosed form of opera houses. Located in the Dongjiaotou Area in Shenzhen Bay Coastal Leisure Belt, the structure is envisioned as a “new international platform for cultural exchanges, a new cultural landmark of Shenzhen and a quality coastal art parlour for the public”, where architects will artfully incorporate the coastal setting into the opera house to showcase the beauty and unique aura of the seaside neighbourhood.