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Snøhetta is set to unveil his latest design for an expanded international opera venue which he hopes will create a new state-of-the-art cultural center in the heart of one of Europe’s most artistic cities. Germany.
The Duett Düsseldorf project will replace the city’s current 1,300-seat Opernhaus Düsseldorf with an expanded program and added mixed-use towers that fit seamlessly into the historic Hofgarten park below.
Emerging from a “forest-like” foyer entrance bifurcated by a clear glass shell, visitors are welcomed into the horizontal volume by a sculptural wooden core topped by three cantilevered floors culminating in a café at the fourth floor which offers concertgoers close-up views of the orchestra and choir rehearsal spaces. The volume is complemented by a 6,000 square meter (32,300 square foot) rooftop garden that can be adapted to serve as an event space for communal functions and offers the public a 360-degree view of the city.
This is accentuated by the appearance of two towers which form a V whose silhouette changes with each perspective to create a dancing “duo” effect which amplifies the vocation of the building. Each tower has an opaque exterior facade that contrasts with more transparent interior facades, which creates a clear separation between residential and artistic uses.
The towers will house a hotel and apartments in addition to the administrative spaces of the opera. With this addition, Snøhetta aspires to create “synergies” between visitors, artists and inhabitants. Overall, the layout aims to create a more accessible and unifying space.
The plan was commissioned by Centrum Group and will now undergo an approval process by the city’s planning authority. Archinect will have more development information once it becomes available.