"The King of Opera" Placido Domingo opened the Dubai Opera designed by Atkins
On the last day of summer, the Dubai Opera was opened with a concert by Placido Domingo, whose building was designed by the world-famous British company Atkins. The start of the project was given in 2012.
At the grand opening ceremony, Domingo, who is called the “king of the opera,” performed with the Grammy winner soprano Anna Maria Martinez.
In the press release, Atkins presented the building for 2000 seats, the design of which resembles the traditional dhow sailing boat in the Gulf, as “a stunning new architecture standard for the entire region” and “the most modern and technically complex concert structure in the world”.
Atkins executive director Uwe Kruger said: “Opera is my passion, so our participation in this incredible project inspires me both from a human and from a professional point of view.”
Janus Rostock, Atkins Design Director and Chief Architect of the Dubai Opera Project,says: "We took inspiration by studying the heritage and traditions of Dubai in order to find an architectural language worthy of the past of this city and influencing its future."
“Dubai’s success and prosperity is largely due to traditional Arab dhows. Through trade, these vessels played an important role, enriching the culture of the city and bringing new ideas to it. Partly thanks to them, Dubai is so hospitable and diverse today. ”
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The lobby of the Dubai Opera will be viewed through a special anti-glare glass, so theatergoers will turn into passers-by participants of an intriguing action, commented at Atkins.
Movable floors, walls and ceilings allow you to change the internal layout of the building and adapt it to specific events.
Atkins shared information that their building maintenance engineers used four types of virtual modeling to figure out how the building and its systems would function.
The developer for this project is Emaar Properties. The construction plan in March 2012 was announced by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.