Moon-Shaped Opera House in China

A lightweight, yet dynamic structure designed by Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD), sits on the shores of Zhuhai island, in China’s Guangdong province. Blending naturally within the sea and sky with a pure and elegant form, the Zhuhai Opera House spreads along the coastal plane in the shape of two curved structures, occupying 59,000 sq-meters in total. In a poetic manner, the layout of the site references the receding tides in the evening accompanied by the moon, with which Ma Long, deputy chief architect of BIAD, has managed to erect a new landmark for the island while maintaining a humble attitude towards nature. The two structures of the Zhuhai Opera House feature a 1,550-seat opera house and a 550 seat multi-function theater, and are connected with a 350-seat outdoor theater. Entering the structure, visitors encounter an equally dramatic interior, where a play between sunlight, moonlight, and theater lights blend with each other across the translucent facade. Stunning, isn’t it? And be sure to check other great opera houses: Busan Opera House and Opera House for Izmir.

What If Guys Were Social Networks

Vanichi Magazine has partnered with Los Angeles-based photographer Viktorija Pashuta to create a sequel to her photography series, “What If Girls Were Internet Browsers”. The new project, “What If Guys Were Social Networks”, is a concept fashion photo shoot that pictorially answers the question: “What would popular social networks look like, if they were actually human?” Viktorija explains, “With the age of social media and its influence on everyday life, we feel its direct presence and the necessity to use these channels as our main source of communication and sharing of content. While socializing with friends, relatives, and colleagues online, the actual online platforms sort of become ‘alive.’ And then I thought: ‘What would happen if I tried to humanize well known social networks? The idea was not only to use the social media logos as a visual reference, but also to transfer their qualities and usability functions into human character portrayed through fashion.”

Busan Opera House by OODA

This creative building was represented by Portuguese firm OODA to the design competition for the Busan Opera House in Busan, South Korea. Architectors placed this seashell like building on the edge of the sea and such solution looks very harmonious. This concept of Opera House contains areas for a huge range of cultural activities including operas, theater, sporting and musical events. “The grand opera auditorium features flexible stage locations and seating arrangements with rotating platforms enabling large and small scale events to occur within the space. Accommodating the needs of different concerts, visitors may have a variety of perspectives to view performances with a central stage and perimeter seating or a single view with all seating oriented in the same direction. A secondary multipurpose theater within the smaller volume is interconnected with a banquet hall, convention center, shopping, cafes and restaurants.”

Opera House for Izmir

Opera building don’t have to be boring classic. Architectors from Ozel Office based in bith LA, California nd Istanbul, Turkey decided to ruin all standarts and created stunning concept of Opera House for Izmir, a port town off the Aegean Coast. This concept combine two different architectural typologies: the tower and the amphitheater. "Architecture becomes a catalyst that reinforces the relationship between the old city, the new city, the waterfront and urban culture. In short, our vision is a synergy of spatial, cultural as well as practical and contextual aesthetics." Very interesting and beautiful concept!