Sweden, Gothenburg Opera
The building of the Gothenburg Opera is relatively new: its construction began in September 1989 and was completed quite quickly, largely due to the large budget (more than 6,000 contributors). The official opening of the opera took place in 1994.
The Gothenburg Opera is a theater with magnificent halls, made in classical style, and unique technical equipment. It is a fairly large building: 160 meters long and 85 meters wide, the total area is 28,700 square meters. The area of the main stage alone is 500 square meters, and it is equipped with four moving platforms, each of which can support a weight of up to 15 tons, and moreover, it can fall down to 7 meters.
The auditorium is designed for 1301 seats, the orchestra pit for 100 musicians. On the stage of the theater they put not only opera, but also ballet, as well as musicals and operettas.
The architect Jan İskovits during the construction of the building took as a basis the principle of airiness and lightness. The external form of the Gothenburg Opera is in perfect harmony with its surroundings: a magnificent landscape with an abundance of light and space, harbor technical facilities, bridges gracefully overhanging the water, strength, softness and elegance of ships and an impeccable aerodynamic shape of the sail. Jan Izkovits wanted the enchanting and magical world of the opera to be reflected in architecture: the colonnade as a symbolic curtain, the towers as a giant lighting equipment, the shape and color scheme of the hall as a tribute to tradition.