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NorthGlass: Fusion of elegance at Shanghai Grand Opera House

NorthGlass has announced its latest venture: the perfect integration of NorthGlass glass with the Shanghai Grand Opera House.

Situated in the Expo Houtan neighbourhood, along the banks of the Huangpu River, the Shanghai Grand Opera House is not merely an emblematic cultural building; it is a masterpiece where architectural aesthetics are seamlessly integrated. Each detail of this site is meticulously crafted, combining UHPC (Ultra-High Performance Concrete), wood and NorthGlass glass into a modernist architectural style brimming with aesthetic appeal.

The opera house comprises public lobbies, a grand opera hall, a medium-sized opera hall and a chamber opera hall, set to open in 2025. Its exterior, spiralling outward from the public lobby, resembles a gently unfolding Chinese fan.

The fan’s handle and the three opera halls are adorned with NorthGlass’s large curtain wall glass. The Shanghai Grand Opera House primarily utilizes multi-layer ultra-white tempered homogeneous laminated insulating glass, with a 4-layer laminated hollow as the main feature. The grand opera hall is equipped with nearly 13 meters high, 8-layer super large and thick laminated insulating glass, covering a total area of about 16,000 square meters.

The fan shape holds a beautiful symbolism in traditional Chinese culture, presenting an eye-catching design that slowly unfolds along the Huangpu River, offering an international aesthetic while showcasing a Chinese ambiance.

The Shanghai Grand Opera House is a collaborative design effort between the renowned Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta and the East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI), with Shanghai Mei Shi Design Studio as the curtain wall consultant and Shenzhen Sanxin collaborating to create the opera house’s curtain wall system.

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