following the news that jean nouvel had been selected as part of an international competition to build a new opera house in shenzhen, china, the contest’s organizers have now shared the other shortlisted schemes. the competition attracted interest from some of the world’s most recognized firms, including bjarke ingels group, kengo kuma, MVRDV, snøhetta, and REX.

shenzhen opera house proposals
BIG – bjarke ingels group + beijing institute of architectural design (BIAD) | image © BIG + BIAD (also top images)
all images courtesy of the international architecture design competition of shenzhen opera house

 

 

with jean nouvel’s design coming in first place, proposals from bjarke ingels group (working with the beijing institute of architectural design) and kengo kuma & associates (working with the shenzhen university institute of architectural design) finished joint runners-up. BIG’s design comprises a series of tented canopies, which dramatically rise and fall to offer views out to sea. meanwhile, kengo kuma’s scheme appears to emerge organically out of the water, unobtrusively occupying its coastal plot.

shenzhen opera house proposals
kengo kuma & associates + shenzhen university institute of architectural design | image © MIR

 

 

third place in the competition was jointly awarded to: MVRDV, who teamed up with the guangzhou design institute; snøhetta; and REX, who joined forces with JET design architect. these proposals, as well as 11 other entries by firms such as rogers stirk harbour + partners, UNStudio, mecanoo, and diller scofidio + renfro can be seen below, while the competition’s winning scheme can be seen here. more information about the project can be found on the website of the shenzhen design center.

shenzhen opera house proposals
kengo kuma & associates + shenzhen university institute of architectural design | image © MIR

shenzhen opera house proposals
MVRDV + guangzhou design institute | image © MVRDV + guangzhou design institute

shenzhen opera house proposals
MVRDV + guangzhou design institute | image © MVRDV + guangzhou design institute

shenzhen opera house proposals
snøhetta | image © snøhetta

shenzhen opera house proposals include designs from BIG and kengo kuma
snøhetta | image © snøhetta

shenzhen opera house proposals include designs from BIG and kengo kuma
REX architecture + JET design architect inc. | image © REX architecture + JET design architect inc.

shenzhen opera house proposals include designs from BIG and kengo kuma
REX architecture + JET design architect inc. | image © REX architecture + JET design architect inc.

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: shenzhen opera house
location: shenzhen, guangdong, china
status: competition proposals
winning proposal: ateliers jean nouvel