Monday, May 18, 2009

Flaming Architecture

We have just read of a fire at Guangzhou Opera House. The project, designed by Zaha Hadid with a web-like exoskeleton, includes an 1,800-seat theater as well as a multipurpose hall and support facilities. The building was set to open this fall.

A Chinese media outlet reports that the blaze has been extinguished but that the extent of the damage has not been determined. A project architect is currently on site and a statement from Hadid’s office is expected shortly.

Following the recent fire of Rem Koolhass and Ole Scheeren's 522-foot OMA-designed Chinese, TVCC tower, the event represents the second construction blaze at a building site in China by an internationally known architect.

What are they doing over there?

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