The Opera of the past lies at the confluence of axial boulevards and remains inaccessible. Opera Guarany disrupts the hierarchy of the axis of power by being an anti-axial building. Site as a delicate piece at the tip of Ile de Vannes, it does not want to be central, it wants to be accessible.
The frame that contains the opera of the past is blurred and given to the public. Its core, the horseshoe shape, is freed and revealed to the exterior. This shape provides the best sightlines and acoustics. It allows a nomadic building to not require any amplified sound. Excellence remains the essence of opera.
The Marche and the Grand Foyer are given to the public through accessible ramps and become a platform for contemplation or simply rituals of doing nothing by the river. The event of going to opera becomes a collective experience that is transformative of the subject and engages people of all ages.
Advanced Design Studio: The Opera of the Future with George Knight, Ruth Mackenzie, Francine Houben, Isaac Kalisvaart. Spring 2020.