The new Pearl of West Lake - the ‘‘Isola della Musica’’ - emerges from the surface of the water as a delightful vision in the landscape.
Isola della Musica comprises a 1,800 seat Opera Hall and a 1,000 seat Convention Hall, led by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with collaborating architects PTW. The Isola della Musica is situated on the existing border between West Lake and the Opera Lake as part of a wider urban masterplan.
Conceived via mathematical models existing in nature and not
just as a formal gesture, the music venue emerges from the lake’s waters with
its mother-of-pearl gentle shapes. The geometry of the shell is not arbitrary
but is related to the functions and the volumes enclosed whereby the primary
shell is covered by an outer skin, deployed as a rain screen.
skin is made up of ceramic tiles of various sizes creating a pixelated effect
while providing openings as required. The surface’s appearance will change in
different weather and light conditions over the course of the day. The facility
has been designed to accommodate varying programs and performances.