An artistic impression of the floating opera house on Đầm Trị Lake in Tây Hồ District, Hà Nội. Photo courtesy of the Tây Hồ People's Committee
HÀ NỘI — The People's Committee of Tây Hồ is collecting opinions on a proposed project that would see an opera house to rival the one in Sydney built on Đầm Trị Lake in Quảng An Ward, Hà Nội, as part of wider development plans for the area.
The plan for the Quảng An peninsular covers 77ha across Quảng An and Tứ Liên wards. Of this area, the entertainment area will cover around 45ha with plans for recreation areas, a park, a spiritual zone and, of course, the opera house, which would cover around 13,000sq.m.
This project is expected to be publically funded and under the strict control of the Hà Nội authority during the design, construction and operation process.
The opera house would implement modern architecture techniques and be a platform for the best Vietnamese art performances, as well as become a new cultural symbol, attracting visitors to the capital city.
Its dome, inspired by the waves of West Lake, would be integrated with a thin shell structure and covered with a layer of pearl-like material to create the effect of changing colour according to the natural light. This would cause the theatre to shine brightly every sunset.
The idea is the brainchild of Italian architect, Renzo Piano, who has overseen projects like The Shard in London and Parliament House in Valletta, Malta. According to the architect, the construction of the opera house could be likened to creating 'music island' amid the romantic West Lake scenery.
The theatre would include an auditorium of 1,822 seats, and could also host large-scale cultural and arts events in other multi-purpose auditoriums with 1,000-2,000 seats.
Also inside the theatre, a series of function rooms, such as an art practice room and a library, would be located on the ground floor. A museum and a small restaurant with panoramic views of West Lake will be arranged on the high floors.
Outside the building, public spaces would include exhibition halls and food courts stretching along the main traffic axis and ending at the central square near the lake's edge.
According to Nguyễn Lê Hoàng, vice chairman of Tây Hồ District’s People's Committee, the district has just created a 1/500 scale model and is collecting opinions from the community, all of which will be submitted to the Hà Nội Department of Planning and Architecture for appraisal.
Four posters have been hung around Quảng An and there will be a conference to collect the opinions of the residential community directly affected by the project in late July.
After that, the Hà Nội Department of Planning and Architecture will report to the Hà Nội People's Committee. The next steps will be conducted upon the approval of the city authority.
"All works, when implemented, will not affect the existing water surface in West Lake and will absolutely ensure the environmental landscape,” he stressed. VNS