Hadid Opera House Burns

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Picture of the blaze from the Chinese media (courtesy abbs.com.cn)

AN has learned 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.

The opera house under construction. (courtesy zahahadidblog.com)

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 the OMA-designed TVCC tower, the event represents the second construction blaze at a building site in China by an internationally known architect.

UPDATE: Hadid’s office responds.

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