The design calls for an exciting new cultural centre in the new Seven Pearls district of Dubai. This landmark development will accommodate an opera house, playhouse, arts gallery, performing arts school and themed hotel on an island in Dubai Creek just off the mainland part of the district.
All of these facilities will be state of the art to host world class performances and exhibitions. The opera house will have a seating capacity of 2,500 while the playhouse will have a seating capacity of 800.
The arts gallery with 5000m2 of exhibition space is indeed a full size exhibition facility comparable to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The hotel will accommodate guests in a 6 star setting. Sited on an island in Dubai Creek, the development will be connected to Greater Dubai by a road connection to the mainland.
Zaha Hadid, the architect that came up with this idea and, more important than this, he materialized it, explains that this unique twin boulder design was meant to create a transaction between the emerging new town and the rest of the city. It is a truly futuristic structure that manages to combine the best of both worlds: it has a very modern look on the outside and, still, it preserves a classic atmosphere on the inside, in the form of a series of fluid ribbons that wrap the main stage. This icon of culture successfully took art to the next level.
The two peaks correspond to the opera house and the playhouse. The tall requirements of the fly towers are nested under these peaks. From these peaks, the form gradually swoops down to touch the earth. The form is scalloped away where the three major entrances are to be found. The main entrances for audiences visiting either of the two performing arts auditoria are on the north side of the building.